Proposed rule is Pending Publication in Federal Register and Starts with Public Comment Process

 

THIS PROPOSED RULE IS PENDING PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER WILL COMMENCE THE PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS

 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
24 CFR Parts 965 and 966
[Docket No. FR 5597-P-02]
RIN 2577-AC97
Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing
AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: This proposed rule would require each public housing agency (PHA) administering public housing to implement a smoke-free policy. Specifically, this rule proposes that no later than 18 months from the effective date of the final rule, each PHA must implement a policy prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings (in brief, a smoke-free policy for all public housing indoor areas). The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the housing and administrative office buildings. HUD proposes implementation of smoke-free public housing to improve indoor air quality in the housing, benefit the health of public housing residents and PHA staff, reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, and lower overall maintenance costs.
DATES: Comment Due Date: [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposed rule. All communications must refer to the above docket number and title. There are two methods for submitting public comments.

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