Millions of Americans could be banned from smoking in their own homes
Millions of Americans could be banned from smoking in their own homes under controversial legislation proposed by the federal government.
The legislation would require homes, communal areas and administrative offices on public housing land to be smoke-free, the New York Times reports.
It is thought the changes would affect around a million homes.
It has argued the ban is necessary to protect residents from second-hand smoke, to lower building maintenance costs, and to reduce the risk of fires.
But the proposal has already met with resistance from some residents who believe it would be an infringement of their right to make personal choices about their lives.
One told the newspaper: “What I do in my apartment should be my problem long as I pay my rent.”