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Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes

Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes”

Smoking isn't allowed in many places and now not even in your home if living in public housing.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban.

The new policy only applies to all lit tobacco products and does not include e-cigarettes. This, after a number of homes caught on fire because of indoor smoking. Through the agency's voluntary policy and local initiatives, more than 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free in 2016.

The American Lung Association in OH says the ruling will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children.

Kathy Maddox tells us that she think the ban is a good idea environmentally but "I think our community where we live, we should be able to do what we want".

The ban also means a healthier working environment for the people who work in public housing complexes. Tenants will not be evicted for a single instance of smoking, but could face eviction after several smoking violations. NYCHA and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials launched the new smoke-free policy Monday morning. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.

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