Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Smoking now banned in public housing

Smoking now banned in public housing

To Alpi, safety is a factor in making public housing smoke-free.

Starting Tuesday, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development bars the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in any public housing unit and common areas, including hallways and on a porch. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

HUD says about 228,000 public housing units under more than 600 local agencies have already gone smoke-free, and the new rule will wipe out smoking in more than 940,000 other units. Tenants are still allowed to smoke on the premises, but only in certain areas.

Some of the biggest problems people have with the ban is that it attempts to legislate what they can do in their own home.

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The movement is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ban on smoking in public housing, a rule that was passed almost two years ago in November 2016.

HUD explained that the smoke-free rule will reduce damage and maintenance costs tied to smoking, cutback on secondhand smoke and lower the risk of accidental fires. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about. The majority from heart disease.

The ban also means a healthier working environment for the people who work in public housing complexes. To that effect, the encouragement will be underlined by stringent guidelines: Tenants could face eviction for violation of these rules - though first offenses will be forgiven.

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