Smoking ban takes effect in HUD public housing

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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.

Residents in public housing are no longer allowed to smoke inside the building, thanks to a new policy that took effect Tuesday, July 31.

The rule prohibits the use of all cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all units, common areas, administrative offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of the facility.

Some of the biggest problems people have with the ban is that it attempts to legislate what they can do in their own home. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

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The new national mandate will bring the remaining 940,000 HUD housing project in line with the 228,000 already smoke-free. As part of the new Smoke-Free NYCHA policy, smoking cessation materials and palm cards are being made available to any resident seeking help thanks to NYCHA's partnership with DOHMH, NYC Smoke-Free and other partners.

The Feds say this ban reduces health hazards from second hand smoke.

"We want to make sure that we're providing the best communities that we can for our residents, and so implementing a smoke-free policy is something that falls in line with that", said Keon Montgomery, deputy housing director for the City of Phoenix.