Public housing in states including OH to go smoke

03 August, 2018, 10:12 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • NYCHA tenants already dealing with lead paint and toxic mold now hit with smoking ban

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said its smoke-free rule would reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking, saving the agency an estimated $153 million in repairs and preventable fires. This new policy will protect residents and staff of public housing units, many of whom are senior citizens, children, and people with disabilities, from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

According to the release, smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a "lease violation".

According to the ban, residents will not be allowed to smoke inside public housing buildings, or anywhere within 25 feet of a building.

The new rule is not being universally embraced - a smoker's rights group in NY is suing to block the ban on the grounds that it violates tenants' constitutional rights.

ALS says they are working with public housing authorities to help make the transition to a smoke-free environment.


The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will no longer permit the use of cigarettes, cigars, or pipes on the premises of its housing units.

Thousands of public housing tenants are being forced to put their cigarettes out starting Monday.

Because the rule is a part of tenant's leases, residents of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities must sign a lease addendum between July 20 and July 30.

Along with cigarettes, this new policy will also include water pipe/hookah tobacco.

Residents are fuming at the new policies stating it's not fair they will be monitored in their homes. "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.

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