As of July 1, 2014, smoking is now prohibited in all of HASCO’s public housing properties. With the enactment of this policy, all of HASCO’s subsidized properties now prohibit smoking.
The new policy protects HASCO public housing residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke, decreases the risk of smoking-related fires, and is expected to reduce maintenance and unit turn costs. The policy does not prohibit tenants from smoking, but requires that tenants go off of HASCO property to smoke.
A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that if all subsidized properties in the United States went smoke-free, the annual cost savings would be $521 million, including $341 million in reduced health care expenditures related to secondhand smoke, a $108 million reduction in decreased renovation expenses, and $72 million in decreased annual smoking-related fire losses. Secondhand smoke is responsible for about 50,000 U.S. deaths per year.