Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today

All residents had to sign an addendum to their lease saying they realize the properties are now smoke-free

All residents had to sign an addendum to their lease saying they realize the properties are now smoke-free

The rule prohibits the use of tobacco products in public housing living units, indoor common areas, and in administrative office buildings. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said. Tenants are still allowed to smoke on the premises, but only in certain areas.

"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", the department continued. Ince said residents were given ample time to prepare for the new rule and have their questions answered. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about.

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According to HUD, at least 600 of its more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies across the country already had smoke-free policies in place when the rule was announced in 2016. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban. NYCHA and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials launched the new smoke-free policy Monday morning. The majority from heart disease.

Residents of public housing across the USA have filed lawsuits fighting the ban, claiming the ban is arbitrary and is an abuse of HUD's discretion.

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"It's to protect elderly - because there is elderly on oxygen - from secondhand smoke, staff from second hand smoke, children and families from second hand smoke, said Ince". Tenants could also face eviction after several smoking violations.

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