- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Housing Authority is considering a smoking ban in some of its properties, a move that would make it the country’s largest public housing agency to implement such a policy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1M7aJ4h ) the PHA’s Board of Commissioners will vote on the issue Thursday.

A PHA spokesman says the measure would ban smoking in an unspecified amount of the organization’s units, which houses approximately 80,000 low-income residents.

More than 500 housing agencies have smoking bans in place according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD issued a 2009 notice that encouraged housing authorities to prohibit smoking in all or some of their properties, citing health risks associated with tobacco use.

PHA officials say the proposal was designed “following intensive engagement with residents and health partners.”

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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