Public housing smoking ban in effect nationwide | Don't Miss This

Public housing smoking ban in effect nationwide | Don't Miss This

Ronald Pratt
August 3, 2018

Approximately 2 million people live in public housing including more than 500,000 elderly residents and 760,000 children.

They say this will help with health issues regarding second-hand smoking.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Living has over 3,100 housing authorities across the country and the smoking ban affects every single one of them. Tenants can smoke 25 feet away from their homes.

The Housing Authority says since this is an unfunded rule, they don't have the money to set up designated smoke areas, and the best solution for the wide variety of complexes is to rule it out completely.

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"A lot of people like to smoke cigarettes".

Lewis said the agency worked with the Shelby County health department to offer smoking cessation programs. But the agency said almost a quarter of a million units were already smoke-free in 2016. The ban will not prohibit e-cigarettes, snuff, or chewing tobacco. The initiative is meant to provide healthier homes to residents and healthier working environments for employees, according to an announcement from the New York City Housing Authority.

"They encouraged us to work with our tenants, which we had several tenant meetings and discussed it, and had a vote with how they wanted this to work", Mayeaux said.

Local and federal officials cite health concerns for residents and costs dealing with maintenance and fire fix as factors that led to HUD's final decision. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.