Essay about Smoking Ban On Public Housing

2006 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
According to the CDC, smoking kills 480,000 Americans annually. There is a large chance that this number can be declined. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has made the decision to further implement a smoking ban in public housing to greater protect the health of residents from the dangers of tobacco smoke. The decision to establish a nationwide smoking ban will greatly affect the residents of these homes but also our country. While some residents may feel that their personal freedoms are being taken away due to the ban, the health risks of smoking greatly outweigh this personal concern. Without this smoking ban, smokers in public housing don’t just put their own health rat risk, but they also jeopardize the health of neighbors and cause millions of dollars in structural damage to the units. "Everyone, no matter where they live, deserves a chance to grow up in a healthy, smoke-free home" said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy (qtd. in Markon, Jerry, Rein), and that is exactly what this ban will do.
Ever since the HUD push for public housing units to create an anti-smoking policy in 2009, in return, more than 600 agencies have carried through with this policy (Markon, Jerry, and Lisa Rein). According to HUD officials, these agencies must create policies that prohibit tobacco products in all apartment units, indoor common areas, administrative offices, and all outdoor areas near housing. Additionally, residents cannot smoke within 25 feet of…

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