Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes

Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes

Smoking is now banned at public housing complexes

Housing and Urban Development's ban on tobacco use inside public housing officially hit its roll-out deadline Tuesday. They could face eviction if they are caught smoking three times.

When the first state to enact a statewide smoking ban took place in California in1995, many states followed suit, however, there were no policies put in place for federal public housing units.

Smokers will still be able to rent units but will have to keep lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes at least 25 feet away from public housing and administrative office buildings.

Between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died from exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General.

The new smoking ban provides an extra level of protection.

"We applaud HUD for also including waterpipe/hookah tobacco in its smoke-free policy", the group said in a statement.

"So, they had 45 days to talk about it".

Because the rule is a part of tenant's leases, residents of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities must sign a lease addendum between July 20 and July 30.

"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.

HUD's website dictated it doesn't only protect resident health, but the ban also reduces maintenance costs. "By working collaboratively with public housing agencies, HUD's rule will create healthier homes for all of our families and prevent devastating and costly smoking-related fires".

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