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HUD Offers Help to Quit Smoking, Ahead of Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will soon require smoke-free public housing. One national organization is offering help.

HUD’s new rule means all public housing must be smoke-free by July 31, 2018. The American Lung Association in Georgia, with support from the Amerigroup Foundation, will offer quit smoking support for residents.

Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the association will work with local partners to provide services to smokers wanting to kick the habit.   Every year in the U.S., more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country.

To learn more about how to quit smoking, call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung Helpline 1-800-LUNGUSA, or learn more about Freedom From Smoking® at Lung.org/ffs.