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It's now illegal to smoke in federal public housing units

It's now illegal to smoke in federal public housing units

According to the American Lung Association, a new smokefree housing rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will protect as many as 15,000 RI families who are now living in public housing communities from secondhand smoke.

Both HUD and the American Lung Association says it's created to protect the health of people living in federally-funded housing from second-hand smoke. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas.

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

That policy started when HUD sent out a survey to public housing agencies across the country.

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

"This HUD rule is estimated to save somewhere between $95 million in health care costs".

"As long as they're smoking outside, I guess.as long as they're not in the house, or it's around their children", Pritchett said.

"I think this will be one of the hardest rules to follow", Perry Rumnit, Jr., a NYCHA resident, says in a promotional video for the policy.

Montgomery said smoke can travel through vents and other openings in apartment-style public housing and could impact the health of other residents. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban.

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.


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