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Smoking ban in public housing goes into effect Tuesday

Smoking ban in public housing goes into effect Tuesday

Smoking will not be allowed in or near public housing units starting on Tuesday, due to a newly-implemented rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The policy was announced two years ago by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the agency gave the nation's more than 3,300 local public housing authorities almost two years to begin enforcement.

You can no longer smoke inside of public housing properties or near them.

"Second-hand smoke can travel through the air ducts, cracks in walls or floors and adversely affect their home".

Smoking isn't allowed in many places and now not even in your home if living in public housing. "But they won't stop, but they might stop smoking around here".

As part of a national ban on all lit tobacco products - such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes - it's now prohibited to smoke within 25 feet of public housing and their administrative office buildings. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban.

NYCHA's goal is to not terminate tenancy but to provide information and expand access to resources should residents want to quit smoking.

In recent years, studies have shown that secondhand smoke can make its way throughout multifamily housing, moving from units occupied by smokers into units occupied by nonsmokers. Housing authorities, including Memphis, have said they have met with tenants and will work with people to kick the habit. Tenants will not be evicted for a single instance of smoking, but could face eviction after several smoking violations.

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