Smoking ban to go in effect for public housing July 31

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

The ban on smoking products must be included in public housing tenants' leases, HUD says. "And they could overcome this, so I want to work with them to make this as painless as it can be in a hard situation for those that are addicted to smoking", Mayeaux said.

Signs, posted on the streets of Wilson Homes near Veterans Parkway and River Road, highlight the Columbus Housing Authority's lead in implementing the nationwide smoking ban approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Several hundred thousand NYCHA residents are now barred from smoking in their apartments, hallways or even outside. FWHS adopted its policy in September 2017 and it affects its two public housing properties, Butler Place Apartments and Cavile Place Apartments.

Both HUD and the American Lung Association says it's created to protect the health of people living in federally-funded housing from second-hand smoke.

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NYCHA says the rule is designed "to improve indoor air quality, benefit the health of residents and staff, reduce the risk of fires, and lower overall maintenance costs".

Keep in mind, it doesn't apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco.

The smoking ban is drawing a mixed reaction. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.

Residents are fuming at the new policies stating it's not fair they will be monitored in their homes.

They are also not allowed to light up within 25 feet of public housing buildings.

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