NYCHA housing is becoming officially smoke-free based on a mandate from U.S. Housing and Urban Development, requiring all public housing to disallow smoking by July 30.
Tuesday is the deadline for public housing authorities to implement smoke-free policies.
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. The ban will not prohibit e-cigarettes, snuff, or chewing tobacco. This includes not only the homes themselves, but any public areas, and a 25-foot radius around any outdoor spaces.
HUD said its smoke-free rule would reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking, saving the agency an estimated $153 million in repairs and preventable fires.
HUD notes that people "do not have to quit smoking" to live in government housing, but need to follow the new ban.
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Today is the first day that the nationwide smoking ban went into full affect.
Work began on the smoking ban in late 2015 when HUD began drafting the rule. The initiative is meant to provide healthier homes to residents and healthier working environments for employees, according to an announcement from the New York City Housing Authority.
"I don't agree with it because we rent our own units, and we're not allowed to smoke in the units; we're not allowed to smoke on our balconies", Minor said.
MHA said it won't be going door to door acting as the smoke police, but if residents are seen smoking in their units or near them, they'll be talked to by management.