HUD Requires Residents to go Smoke Free

A federal ban on smoking in public housing went into effect July 31

Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the US due to a new rule that went into effect July 31.

The smoking ban will not apply to chewing tobacco or electronic cigarettes. Rhonda White, vice president of the Van Dyke Resident Association, speaking in a promotional video, said 25 feet from her building is "basically in the middle of the street".

Prior to the ban's enactment, roughly 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free, CBS News reported.

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

The HUD website's guidance for local housing authorities includes a procedure that ends with eviction for people who don't follow the rules.

You will have to find another place to light up if you live in public housing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimated in 2014 that the new ban is expected yield $153 million per year in savings for government housing agencies in health-care costs and repairs.

"When you share a wall with someone, whatever is going on in your apartment is going to go next door", said Flowers Court Apartments manager Erica Bobo.

Edwards said the consequences of not following this new rule will be determined by each individual housing authority whether to evict, or not.

Local and federal officials cite health concerns for residents and costs dealing with maintenance and fire fix as factors that led to HUD's final decision.

The goal is to create healthier homes for residents and employees.

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