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NYC public housing buildings are now smoke

03 August 2018, 10:15 | Louis Holland

The Gompers Houses a NYCHA public housing development as seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

The Gompers Houses a NYCHA public housing development as seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

These policies ban the use of cigarettes, cigars, or pipes from public housing units as well as within 25 feet from the buildings.

It gave all public housing authorities until the end of this month, July 31, to come up with a smoke-free policy.

Both HUD and the American Lung Association says it's created to protect the health of people living in federally-funded housing from second-hand smoke. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban.

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

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A new era began in public housing, as a nationwide smoking ban went into effect on Tuesday.

It will affect more than 3,100 public-housing agencies across the nation.

The HUD website's guidance for local housing authorities includes a procedure that ends with eviction for people who don't follow the rules.

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.

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The new Housing and Urban Development rule applies to every public housing facility in the country.

Ince said residents were given ample time to prepare for the new rule and have their questions answered.

The new smoking ban provides an extra level of protection.

"Are they going to evict a single mother with two to three children because someone was smoking on their porch", questioned Gary Foster.

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Montgomery said smoke can travel through vents and other openings in apartment-style public housing and could impact the health of other residents.



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