Reflecting a small, but growing trend of smoke-free apartments, on July 17, 2009, HUD released a notice (PIH-2009-21) “strongly” encouraging public housing authorities (PHAs) to implement non-smoking policies in public housing.
According to HUD, non-smoking policies would improve indoor air quality in the aging public housing stock without requiring the retrofitting of public housing.
The notice also warned of the danger of fires from smoking and increased turnover costs for smoker-occupied apartments.
PHAs will have discretion of whether and to what extent to implement the policy.
In addition to the HUD notice, several local governments across the country have recently approved ordinances that limit smoking in privately owned apartment buildings. One of the latest, Richmond, CA will require covered multifamily housing to go smoke-free by 2011.