Public housing nationwide goes smoke-free on Tuesday

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A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities took effect at the end of July, almost two years after the rule was passed.

A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities goes into effect on Tuesday, July 31. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

This ban prohibits residents in public housing to smoke inside their homes and directs them to stand at least 25 feet from the building before smoking. Tenants are still allowed to smoke on the premises, but only in certain areas.

HUD said the ban will help reduce damage and maintenance costs for public housing, as well cutting down on secondhand smoke. "So, they had 45 days to talk about it".

The policy was announced two years ago by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the agency gave the nation's more than 3,300 local public housing authorities almost two years to begin enforcement. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about.

The ban also means a healthier working environment for the people who work in public housing complexes.

"Residents have been required to sign new leases acknowledging the new policy and staff will continue to provide smoking cessation program information to residents as requested", Lemons said.

"It's to protect elderly - because there is elderly on oxygen - from secondhand smoke, staff from second hand smoke, children and families from second hand smoke, said Ince".

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