There is a smoking ban in the Quad Cities and many other cities across the US. Beginning Tuesday, smoking in and around nearly 1,000,000 public housing units is now prohibited.

There are already laws that prohibit people from smoking in public place in most states across the US. Until now, the government has been pretty hands off with laws of smoking in your own home. Typically, it's up to your super as to whether or not you can smoke. Effective Tuesday, though, a nationwide smoking ban is now in effect for all public housing developments across the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officially banned smoking on Feb. 3, 2017 and gave 18 months for all public housing authorities.

Well, the 18 months is up. The rule prohibits the use of all cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all units, common areas, administrative offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of the facility.

Smoking kills nearly 500,000 people a year and is the lead cause for fire-related deaths in multifamily buildings.

About 2 million people live in public housing including more than 500,000 elderly residents and 760,000 children.

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