Smoking ban in, near public housing goes into effect Tuesday

Henrietta Brewer
August 2, 2018

The new policy prevents cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookah pipes inside public housing units, administrative offices and in outdoor areas within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings. "But they won't stop, but they might stop smoking around here". Tenants are still allowed to smoke on the premises, but only in certain areas.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 1.2 million households live in public housing units.

Another Anthony Homes' resident says he's against cigarettes and hopes smokers consider how it affects children in the neighborhood.

"In addition to protecting residents and employees from secondhand smoke, smoke-free policies create healthy environments that encourage people who smoke to quit or attempt to reduce smoking". "Them trying to tell you you can't smoke in your apartment or wherever", Tequita Brown said. "So, they had 45 days to talk about it".

The new rule was initially announced in 2016, but HUD gave all federally-owned public housing units until July 30 to implement it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke exposure results in more than 40,000 deaths annually. NYCHA and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials launched the new smoke-free policy Monday morning.

The rule will be part of residents' leases - along with information about how to quit smoking - and tenants who break it could be evicted, HUD has said.

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