August 1, 2018

It’s True: Smoking is now Banned in All Public Housing Facilities in NYC and Nationwide!

It’s True: Smoking is now Banned in All Public Housing Facilities in NYC and Nationwide!
Photo Credit: James Leynse  – Getty Images

 

As of July 31, 2018, the nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities implemented by the Obama administration in 2016 is now in effect. 

 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prohibits anyone from smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in all public housing buildings and within 25 feet from the building. This ban does not apply to e-cigarettes.

 

The HUD believes this policy will “create healthy environments that encourage people who smoke to quit or attempt to reduce smoking.”

 

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials are complying with federal guidelines and say they aim to create a healthier environment for the 400,000 people who live in New York public housing.

 

This new policy will be included in public housing leases and tenants could face eviction if found violating the policy.

 

 

By: Kathryn McGuire

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