Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Federal Housing Goes Smoke Free Today

Federal Housing Goes Smoke Free Today

A new no smoking policy went into effect today at all federal public housing units because of a 2016 Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) rule.

According to HUD, 1.3 million households live in public housing across the country. "And they could overcome this, so I want to work with them to make this as painless as it can be in a hard situation for those that are addicted to smoking", Mayeaux said.

Public housing authorities prepared for this for almost two years when HUD first announced the new rule.

The ban prohibits smoking tobacco products in all indoor common areas, administrative offices, living units and outdoor areas within 25 feet of the buildings.

Smokers residing in public housing won't be able to spark a cigarette in or near their premise starting July 31.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that about one-third of multi-unit housing residents reported experiencing secondhand smoke that involuntarily entered their home from other areas on their building. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban.

"A lot of people like to smoke cigarettes. So just the savings alone is a good motivator", said Jennifer Otterholt with the Marathon County Health Department. HUD also states that banning smoking from public housing facilities will save an estimated $497 million in health care costs for families and maintenance costs for housing authorities.

Another Anthony Homes' resident says he's against cigarettes and hopes smokers consider how it affects children in the neighborhood.

Tenants who break the rules under the new smoking ban, risk being evicted after three violations.

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