Friday, January 19th

Man smoking cigarette(Photo: Wavebreakmedia Ltd)

All public housing throughout the U.S., including thousands of households in Wisconsin, will soon become smoke free.

And to help residents kick the habit, the American Lung Association is offering free support to smokers living in multi-unit public housing in the state.

The federal Housing and Urban Development rule takes effect July 31, forbidding cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookahs from being smoked in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing units. Electronic cigarettes will be allowed.

"Not all are happy about it. Some are happy about it," said Ken Barbeau, director of community programs for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.

In Milwaukee, where roughly 7,500 residents live in around 4,100 housing units, officials have gotten the word out about the no-smoking change through mailings and resident council meetings. Fliers with information about tobacco cessation help have been posted.