Smoking ban in public housing: here’s what you need to know

NYCHA tenants already dealing with lead paint and toxic mold now hit with smoking ban

The ban on smoking products must be included in public housing tenants' leases, HUD says.

These policies ban the use of cigarettes, cigars, or pipes from public housing units as well as within 25 feet from the buildings. Each housing agency can also create additional smoke-free areas if they choose.

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"There's been a lot of people since we started this discussion that have talked about quitting and some of them have already started that process", Muskegon Housing Commission Executive Director Angela Mayeaux said. The statement added, "hookah involves combustion and hookah smoke exposes users to numerous same toxicants found in cigarette smoke".

Lewis said the agency worked with the Shelby County health department to offer smoking cessation programs.

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In Fort Worth, the ban will go into effect starting Wednesday, according to Fort Worth Housing Solutions president Mary-Margaret Lemons. The Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Association buildings have been smoking free since April 2017. It doesn't apply to e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

The same source said tenants have been brought into housing offices to sign an addendum on their leases, stipulating they will follow HUD's latest policy.

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"We explained the process to them and we have given them the opportunity to weigh in on it", he said, adding it was in their annual plan. HUD also states that banning smoking from public housing facilities will save an estimated $497 million in health care costs for families and maintenance costs for housing authorities.

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