NYCHA developments set to become smoke-free Monday

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Residents in public housing are no longer allowed to smoke inside the building, thanks to a new policy that took effect Tuesday, July 31.

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). This new policy will protect residents and staff of public housing units, many of whom are senior citizens, children, and people with disabilities, from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

The new policy only applies to all lit tobacco products and does not include e-cigarettes. As such, it is now illegal to use cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookahs within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.

More than 600 public housing agencies have already gone smoke-free, but Sullivan says this policy will require the remaining 940,000 units nation-wide to join them.

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The Albany Housing Authority provides support for their residents to stop smoking.

According to Nika Edwards, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the three main reasons behind the ban are health, safety, and cost.

While tenants who break the rule could be evicted, smoking on public housing premises is a civil violation, not a crime, and one violation is "not grounds for eviction", the agency said.

"When you share a wall with someone, whatever is going on in your apartment is going to go next door", said Flowers Court Apartments manager Erica Bobo.

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