HUD implements nationwide smoking ban in public housing

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

Those results, and research indicating how much money could be saved, were enough to forbid any smoking in public housing.

ALS says they are working with public housing authorities to help make the transition to a smoke-free environment.

All government subsidized housing across the United States must implement a no-smoking policy by Tuesday, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The rule announced in November 2016 requires all federally-owned public housing to become smoke-free.

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.

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"Smoking actually damages the units, whether it's the paint or the cabinets", he said. In addition to reducing the risk of fires and lowering maintenance costs, HUD said the ban on smoking would drastically improve indoor air quality in public housing spaces.

Advocates of the rule point out that federal housing is largely made up of multi-unit complexes, where occupants of one unit might be exposed to tobacco smoke from another. He also shares his thoughts on the policy that does not include e-cigarettes. "So that means I pay rent here and I have to go out and stand in the middle of the street just to smoke a cigarette?"

Monday begins a new era in public housing.

MHA said it won't be going door to door acting as the smoke police, but if residents are seen smoking in their units or near them, they'll be talked to by management. Not only does smoking impact the smoker, but HUD is hoping to reduce the amount of exposure of secondhand smoke to others.

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