Smoking no longer allowed in NYC Public Housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said its smoke-free rule would reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking

Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the USA due to a new rule that went into effect July 31.

They'll still be allowed to rent in the communities but will have to keep lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes at least 25 feet away from buildings.

Signs, posted on the streets of Wilson Homes near Veterans Parkway and River Road, highlight the Columbus Housing Authority's lead in implementing the nationwide smoking ban approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "In addition to protecting residents and employees from secondhand smoke, smoke-free policies create healthy environments that encourage people who smoke to quit or attempt to reduce smoking".

You will have to find another place to light up if you live in public housing.

HUD spokesperson Brian Sullivan says not only is it a public health issue, but by banning all smoking HUD expects to produce a savings of $150 million annually.

Jeanette Henderson Chief Property Manager
Jeanette Henderson Chief Property Manager

A new policy is banning smoking from inside and around public housing throughout the United States, including Ohio.

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

The smoking ban goes beyond the inside of apartment units.

MHA said it won't be going door to door acting as the smoke police, but if residents are seen smoking in their units or near them, they'll be talked to by management.

"Chronic diseases are preventable and we think this policy, in the years to come, you will see the impact", NYC Department of Health Assistant Commissioner Javier Lopez said.

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