Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule that would require public housing across the country to be smoke-free, even inside people’s apartments.Officials say this would protect the health of more than 760,000 children and save about 153-million dollars a year in health care costs, repairs, and preventable fires. Right now only four of Huntsville's twenty-two public housing sub-divisions are already smoke-free. With smoke free work places, restaurants and bars, this is a natural next step in advocating a smoke free environment. Instituting programs to help residents of public housing quit smoking should also be instituted at the same time. The public has 60 days to comment on the rule, the ban would take effect 18 months after the rule is finalized. Contact your representatives and let them know what you think about the ban. I’m Vanessa Oubre and that’s My Take, What’s Yours?
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