Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes

Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes

But eviction after just one violation "is not grounds for eviction", and smoking on public housing premises is a civil violation, not a crime, the agency said in setting guidelines for local enforcement.

The new rule will penalize anyone who smokes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah pipes in indoor common areas, within public housing units, in administrative offices, and in outdoor areas within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.

Smokers won't be able to light up in or near public housing starting July 31.

The smoking ban is drawing a mixed reaction.

Several hundred thousand NYCHA residents are now barred from smoking in their apartments, hallways or even outside. "Them trying to tell you you can't smoke in your apartment or wherever", Tequita Brown said.

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

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said its smoke-free rule would reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking
NYC public housing buildings are now smoke-free

"I'm doing my best to quit, but I don't want to lose my house", a tenant said.

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.

Davon Robinson says the ban should not be a priority.

"Smoking actually damages the units, whether it's the paint or the cabinets", he said.

The authority met with its tenants about the policy change during the past few months.

Find more about the smoking ban at the Tennessee Department of Health website.

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