SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The federal government wants to ban smoking in the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, a proposal that has garnered mixed reaction.
The proposal, which was published in the Federal Register Tuesday morning, would ban smoking inside public housing units. Under the proposal, outside smoking would be permitted as long as it was at least 25 feet from a unit or building.
Electronic cigarettes would not be subject to the ban.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said the ban would save taxpayers about $153 million per year in health care costs, repairs and preventable fires.
“I just have to go with the flow if I want to live here,” said Camp Croft resident Anthony Robinson. “I smoke you know maybe once every hour or so, but it’s getting colder, so I may take shorter breaks during the day because I don’t want to come out in the cold.”
The public has 60 days to comment on the proposal. If the Feds finalize the new rule, it would take effect withing 18 months.