HUD Begins Nationwide Ban on Smoking in Public Housing

HUD Begins Nationwide Ban on Smoking in Public Housing

HUD Begins Nationwide Ban on Smoking in Public Housing

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development ban on smoking in public housing is set to go into effect Tuesday. "Then, there would probably be an issue if they get caught smoking cigarettes - then there's the fine, paying money, or being put out.but, to each his own".

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. As such, it is now illegal to use cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookahs within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.

The Housing Authority says since this is an unfunded rule, they don't have the money to set up designated smoke areas, and the best solution for the wide variety of complexes is to rule it out completely. "There is not like good weather in the winter, so for them to have to go outside and smoke, that's a hard thing", said Bella.

Lewis said the agency worked with the Shelby County health department to offer smoking cessation programs.

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"There's been a lot of people since we started this discussion that have talked about quitting and some of them have already started that process", Muskegon Housing Commission Executive Director Angela Mayeaux said. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas.

The Housing and Urban Development website's guide for local housing authorities includes strict procedures.

NYCHA says the rule is designed "to improve indoor air quality, benefit the health of residents and staff, reduce the risk of fires, and lower overall maintenance costs".

Edwards also said the focus is to create healthier and safer homes for families to live in.

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