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01 August 2018, 11:11 | Melissa Porter
Smoking is no longer permitted in federally-subsized public housing
Prohibiting smoking in public housing facilities is expected to save an estimated $497 million per year in health care and housing-related costs.
Tuesday marks the start of a nationwide ban on smoking in public housing projects. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.
The new policy effectively bans smoking within 25 feet of public housing projects. Tenants are still allowed to smoke on the premises, but only in certain areas. "So, they had 45 days to talk about it".
Kathy Maddox tells us that she think the ban is a good idea environmentally but "I think our community where we live, we should be able to do what we want".
"Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, and ensuring homes are free from the risks of secondhand smoke is a critical step for the health of residents", said American Lung Association Health Promotion Specialist Julian Collins MS, CHES.
In December 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development passed a ruling requiring all housing authorities to have a smoke-free policy in place by July 31, 2018. The majority from heart disease.
"We actually implemented a smoking ban on smoking in the high rise units, our three high rise buildings a long time ago, several years ago", said Doug Wells, executive director for Pennington County Housing. To that effect, the encouragement will be underlined by stringent guidelines: Tenants could face eviction for violation of these rules - though first offenses will be forgiven.
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