HUD implements nationwide smoking ban in public housing

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HUD implements nationwide smoking ban in public housing

The city says it wants to create a healthier environment for the 400,000 New Yorkers who live in public housing developments.

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

The ban was passed under the Obama administration in November 2016.

The rule prohibits the use of tobacco products in public housing living units, indoor common areas, and in administrative office buildings.

The RRHA addendum states that the objective of the rule is to mitigate: the irritation and known health effects of lit tobacco products, increased maintenance costs from the effects of lit tobacco products, increased fire risks associated with smoking indoors, and the higher costs of fire insurance for a non-smoke-free building.

In July 2017, the policy was expanded to say no smoking was allowed on balconies or patios, and residents had to be at least 25 feet away from the buildings to be able to smoke.

"Smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a lease violation", HUD's website states. Tenants with repeated violations could be evicted, according to HUD's website.

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.

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.

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