Smoking Ban In All Public Housing Starts July 31

NYCHA tenants already dealing with lead paint and toxic mold now hit with smoking ban

An unidentified resident smokes outside the Manhattanville Houses in Harlem on Monday

Smoking is no longer allowed inside public housing nationwide starting today.

The rule prohibits the use of all cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all units, common areas, administrative offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of the facility.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created a no-smoking policy to stop the spread of second hand smoke in multi-unit buildings that went into effect today. "But they won't stop, but they might stop smoking around here".

HUD says about 228,000 public housing units under more than 600 local agencies have already gone smoke-free, and the new rule will wipe out smoking in more than 940,000 other units.

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

Programs from the City of Phoenix Housing Department provide public housing, Section 8 housing vouchers, affordable rental apartments and single-family homes to more than 35,000 residents. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about. "So, they had 45 days to talk about it".

Smoking in public housing across the USA has been snuffed out. The majority from heart disease. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban. The new rule allows NYCHA staff and residents to report violations; enforcement will include an informal conversation to discuss the smoking ban along with the provision of educational materials.

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