Smoking no longer allowed in public housing

The Gompers Houses a NYCHA public housing development as seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

The Gompers Houses a NYCHA public housing development as seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

A nationwide smoking ban is now in effect for all public housing developments across the U.S.

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

The rule prohibits the use of tobacco products in public housing living units, indoor common areas, and in administrative office buildings. They could face eviction if they are caught smoking three times. Tenants are still allowed to smoke on the premises, but only in certain areas. "When we first learned of the new HUD rule requiring public housing to go smoke-free, we knew it was critical to engage our residents on the smoke-free conversation and what this will mean for their homes and public health overall in NYCHA communities", said NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Stanley Brezenoff in a written statement.

More than 1,000 families live in government subsidized housing owned by the Flint Housing Commission.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officially banned smoking on February 3, 2017 and provided an 18-month implementation period for all public housing authorities.

There's a new ban that's got a lot of people talking. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about.

In July 2017, the policy was expanded to say no smoking was allowed on balconies or patios, and residents had to be at least 25 feet away from the buildings to be able to smoke. The majority from heart disease.

A new policy is banning smoking from inside and around public housing throughout the United States, including Ohio. Tenants with repeated violations could be evicted, according to HUD's website.

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