New HUD smoke-free rule takes effect

New HUD smoke-free rule takes effect

New HUD smoke-free rule takes effect

The smoke-free policy went into effect yesterday, more than a year after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development passed a rule requiring all public housing nationwide to become smoke-free.

The ban includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars and water pipe tobacco (hookahs).

Smokers now have to light up at least 25 feet from a building.

Many senior citizens were around during the time when there were no bans on smoking, allowing consumers to smoke in places like restaurants and non-hospitality workplaces.

People can no longer smoke inside public housing homes or apartments, and in some cases, they can't even smoke on the property.

The new rule is not being universally embraced - a smoker's rights group in NY is suing to block the ban on the grounds that it violates tenants' constitutional rights. "Them trying to tell you you can't smoke in your apartment or wherever", Tequita Brown said.

The ban was created by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, but it's the city's job to enforce it.

However, Greensboro's Housing Authority implemented its policy in May 2018, and the rules are stricter than the national policy - and residents and their visitors cannot smoke anywhere on the property.

Because the rule is a part of tenant's leases, residents of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities must sign a lease addendum between July 20 and July 30.

The new rule is meant to cut down on secondhand smoke and the risk of smoking-related fires in residential buildings.

NYCHA's goal is to not terminate tenancy but to provide information and expand access to resources should residents want to quit smoking.

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