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A new rule being implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to eliminate smoking inside public housing.

The ban will affect more than 940,000 public housing units across the country, according to HUD. "Then, there would probably be an issue if they get caught smoking cigarettes - then there's the fine, paying money, or being put out.but, to each his own".

A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities took effect at the end of July, almost two years after the rule was passed. WATCH an excerpt from Monday's rollout presentation NYCHA says it's meeting a federal deadline that requires all public housing nationwide to go smoke-free by this week.

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"So, they had 45 days to talk about it".

Programs from the City of Phoenix Housing Department provide public housing, Section 8 housing vouchers, affordable rental apartments and single-family homes to more than 35,000 residents.

"Smoking actually damages the units, whether it's the paint or the cabinets", he said.

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The ban includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars and water pipe tobacco (hookahs). Housing authorities, including Memphis, have said they have met with tenants and will work with people to kick the habit.

"We've brought in some community members who are going to offer cessation classes for them and give them some support", Mayeaux said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimated in 2014 that the new ban is expected yield $153 million per year in savings for government housing agencies in health-care costs and repairs.

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