Public housing becoming smoke-free

MARYLAND, USA - Beginning next summer,  all public housing developments will become smoke-free.

Officials are trying to get out in front of the issue by offering residents a way to kick the habit. 

The American Lung Association and the Amerigroup are now offering anyone living in low-income or public housing support to quit smoking. 

Residents can get the help they need by phone or in-person. 

Deb Brown is with the American Lung Association and says the free help is her agency's way of taking the extra step to help keep people healthy.

"We also know that quitting smoking can be very difficult for residents who smoke so we're partnering with the Amerigroup foundation to provide no cost quit counseling and support which is really key to helping individuals overcome their smoking addiction.":

The American Lung Association says about 480,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke and tobacco use. 

The new policy making public housing smoke free goes into effect on July 31st. 

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