Public housing across the U. S. has until the end of the month to comply with a "no smoking ban."

The announcement was made in November 2016 and gave public housing officials 18 months to comply with the directive.

This "smoke-free" policy bans the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public
housing, and in public housing agency (PHA) administrative office buildings.

The smoke-free policy also extends to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings.  According to the release, this rule "improves indoor air quality in the housing; benefits the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires; and lowers overall maintenance costs."