Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

New York City Bans Smoking in Public Housing Apartments

New York City Bans Smoking in Public Housing Apartments

The new rule went into effect Monday after it was first announced almost two years ago by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

While the Department of Housing and Urban Development implemented the policy at the end of July, the Parkersburg Housing Authority did so July 1.

The American Lung Association estimated the new rule will protect 2 million people - including 690,000 children - nationwide from secondhand smoke.

Find more about the smoking ban at the Tennessee Department of Health website.

The rule will be part of residents' leases - along with information about how to quit smoking - and tenants who break it could be evicted, HUD has said.

The smoking ban goes beyond the inside of apartment units.

"Second-hand smoke can travel through the air ducts, cracks in walls or floors and adversely affect their home".

The rule prohibits smoking in any New York City public housing apartment or building or within 25 feet of the building. Through the agency's voluntary policy and local initiatives, more than 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free in 2016. Public housing agencies can also choose to ban e-cigarettes.

NYCHA's goal is to not terminate tenancy but to provide information and expand access to resources should residents want to quit smoking.

"Smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a lease violation", HUD's website states. To that effect, the encouragement will be underlined by stringent guidelines: Tenants could face eviction for violation of these rules - though first offenses will be forgiven.

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