Skip to comments.Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today
Posted on 07/31/2018 3:00:59 PM PDT by Drango
Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the U.S. due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas.
HUD says about 228,000 public housing units under more than 600 local agencies were already smoke-free, and the new rule wipes out smoking in more than 940,000 other units. The ban is expected to save government housing agencies $153 million a year in repairs and health care costs, including $16 million for costs tied to smoking-related fires, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2014.
HUD said the new policy would reduce health hazards from secondhand smoke and encourage residents to quit smoking.
The ban on smoking products must be included in public housing tenants' leases, HUD says. Tenants will not be evicted for a single instance of smoking, but could face eviction after several smoking violations.
For those who want help to quit smoking, officials recommend calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) toll-free to talk to a trained coach, or go to www.smokefree.gov.
Bet you can smoke pot, huh? Ridiculous
Does it cover marijuana???
Ben Carson has a fire extinguisher as big government continues to rule. What is being done to get people out of public housing? Is there a correlation to jobs. Let’s hear that report.
Marijuana use in any form is not permitted in public housing.
This will be the LEAST ENFORCED law EVAH!
That doesn’t include crack, because that would be discriminatory.
Good luck enforcing it. They can’t even stop drug dealing in these places.
Take the King’s coin, live by the King’s rules.
Now THIS is funny!!!
I can’t wait to see the leftists who blame Whitey on blacks smoking and the leftists who think all smokers should be shot on sight go after each other on this one.
Waiting for the first eviction.
This will be fun to watch over the next year or so. Short arson insurance companies and buy home renovation companies’ stock.
Not that I don't approve. But let the 9th Circuit enforce it.
OK Leroy, drop the Newports, and back away slowly!
“What is being done to get people out of public housing? “
well, banning smoking could get a few ejected or to leave voluntarily ...
Careful! You’ll offend the smoke NAZIs.
What about medicinal purposes if you’ve got a note?
Asking for a friend ...
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