The New York Times reports that smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule announced last week, a move that would affect nearly one million households. The ban, by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, would also require that common areas and administrative offices on public housing property be smoke-free.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study suggests that prohibiting smoking in subsidized housing would yield annual cost savings of $497M, including $310M in secondhand smoke-related health care, $134M in renovation expenses, and $53M in smoking-attributable fire losses. A recent study of New York smoke-free buildings indicates a rent premium of $1,000 to $1,300 in developments with non-smoking policies.