CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Public housing in Cuyahoga County is less than a year away from transitioning to smoke-free buildings.
According to the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, all public housing buildings will be smoke-free beginning in July 2018.
The movement is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ban on smoking in public housing. In November 2016, HUD announced that all public housing developments in the United States are required to provide a smoke-free environment for residents. The change must happen within 18 months of the announcement.
The ban includes all lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, in all living units, common areas, and offices.
"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke," said former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
In June, the CMHA held a public forum to discuss the future ban.
Cuyahoga County is promoting the smoke ban through the "Breathe Free Movement."
Public housing residents can click here for more information about the upcoming ban and tips to transition easier away from smoking.