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Smoking ban in NYCHA starts, violators could lose apartments

Smoking ban in NYCHA starts, violators could lose apartments

In November 2016, then U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced the effort to provide all public housing residents, including children, with a "safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke".

Beginning Tuesday, smoking in and around the more than 900,000 public housing units is now prohibited. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have not been banned but may be in the future.

The policy prohibits tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars or pipes - in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings, according to a release from HUD. In South Dakota, nearly 3000 people live in public housing, but the rule is nothing new in KOTA Territory. The new rule allows NYCHA staff and residents to report violations; enforcement will include an informal conversation to discuss the smoking ban along with the provision of educational materials. Tenants with repeated violations could be evicted, according to HUD's website. The new ban is expected to eliminate smoking in over 940,000 more units.

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According to HUD, housing authorities will save up to $38 million a year in reduced maintenance and reduce the fire risk by $38 million.

Residents of public housing across the US have filed lawsuits fighting the ban, claiming the ban is arbitrary and is an abuse of HUD's discretion.


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