Public housing smoking ban set to take effect Tuesday

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A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities took effect at the end of July, almost two years after the rule was passed.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development ban on smoking in public housing is set to go into effect Tuesday.

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Under the terms of the ban, which was passed by the Obama administration in 2016, the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes is prohibited in all government subsidized housing units.

This ban prohibits residents in public housing to smoke inside their homes and directs them to stand at least 25 feet from the building before smoking. Each agency may also choose to ban electronic or e-cigarettes.

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"Eliminating smoking indoors and close to the building is the only way to fully protect people from secondhand smoke".

According to the release, smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a "lease violation". NYCHA and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials launched the new smoke-free policy Monday morning. Tenants will not be evicted for a single instance of smoking, but could face eviction after several smoking violations. "As a public housing landlord, we are required to implement a smoke-free policy, but we will continue to talk to residents and work with our partners - like the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - to support programs city-wide that reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and expand access to resources for residents who want to quit smoking".

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The American Lung Association in OH says the ruling will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children.