New York City Bans Smoking in Public Housing Apartments

Smokers won't be able to light up in or near public housing starting July 31

Smokers won't be able to light up in or near public housing starting July 31

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created a no-smoking policy to stop the spread of second hand smoke in multi-unit buildings that went into effect today. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented almost two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016. This includes not only the homes themselves, but any public areas, and a 25-foot radius around any outdoor spaces. It will impact thousands of households in the Memphis area. Tenants with repeated violations could be evicted, according to HUD's website. Housing authorities, including Memphis, have said they have met with tenants and will work with people to kick the habit. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas.

HUD also made it clear that an eviction won't happen after a first offense.

"We have no choice here in terms of the legislative process", Alpi said.

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

A woman who lives in Macon's Anthony Homes, says she doesn't smoke, but finds the ban unfair.

But some residents have already filed a lawsuit, claiming the smoking ban infringes on their rights.

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