Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
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NYC public housing buildings are now smoke

NYC public housing buildings are now smoke

Smoking will not be allowed in or near public housing units starting on Tuesday, due to a newly-implemented rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Each agency may also choose to ban electronic or e-cigarettes.

As part of a national ban on all lit tobacco products - such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes - it's now prohibited to smoke within 25 feet of public housing and their administrative office buildings.

"Eliminating smoking indoors and close to buildings is the only way to fully protect people from secondhand smoke", the department states in the release.

Smoking isn't allowed in many places and now not even in your home if living in public housing.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development said its smoke-free rule would reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking

"In addition to protecting residents and employees from secondhand smoke, smoke-free policies create healthy environments that encourage people who smoke to quit or attempt to reduce smoking", the department continued. Tenants with repeated violations could be evicted, according to HUD's website.

The movement is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ban on smoking in public housing, a rule that was passed almost two years ago in November 2016. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban.

The ban is expected to save government housing agencies $153 million a year in repairs and health care costs, including $16 million for costs tied to smoking-related fires, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2014.

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