US government considers banning smoking in public housing

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People living in public housing in the U.S. can be banned from smoking in their own homes. Now, the federal government is proposing a new ban on smoking in all public housing.

The goal is to benefit the health of nearly two million residents, including the poor, elderly, disabled, and children.

If enacted, these new rules have the potential to significantly cut down on high rates of cancer, heart disease, asthma and other illnesses among smokers and their families.

CCTV America’s Daniel Ryntjes reports from Washington.
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US government considers banning smoking in public housing

US government considers banning smoking in public housing

People living in public housing in the U.S. can be banned from smoking in their own homes. Now, the federal government is proposing a new ban on smoking in all public housing.

  • Vinny Gracchus

    A smoking ban in public housing is unlikely to reduce any disease since the link between second hand smoke and disease is more conjecture and opinion than fact. Numerous large population studies discount the links. for example the results of one survey of studies on passive smoking applied to lung cancer which found: “The average intake of toxic and genotoxic compounds due to ETS exposure is that low that it is difficult, if not impossible, to explain the increased risk of lung cancer as found in epidemiological studies. The uncertainty is further increased because the validity of epidemiological studies on passive smoking is limited severely by numerous bias and confounding factors which cannot be controlled for reliability. The question of whether or not ETS exposure is high enough to induce and/or promote the carcinogenic effects observed in epidemiological studies thus remains open, and the assumption of an increased risk of lung cancer due to ETS exposure is, at present, more a matter of opinion than of firm scientific evidence.” (See Adlkofer F. Lung cancer due to passive smoking–a review.Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2001 May;74(4):231-41.)

  • Brittany

    Thank god, Smokers are so disgusting, children shouldn’t have to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Non smokers have the right to not have the chance to get smoking related diseases because smokers want to light up in there homes and make us breathe it.