Smoking ban to go in effect for public housing July 31

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A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities goes into effect on Tuesday, July 31.

"You have the second-hand smoke dangers, but also the time and the cost of turning around a unit where a family has been smoking", says D.J. Haynes, the Parkersburg Housing Authority's Executive Director.

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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. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban. In South Dakota, nearly 3000 people live in public housing, but the rule is nothing new in KOTA Territory. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban. "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". That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about.

"Residents have been required to sign new leases acknowledging the new policy and staff will continue to provide smoking cessation program information to residents as requested", Lemons said.

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A new policy is banning smoking from inside and around public housing throughout the United States, including Ohio. Under HUD rules, tenants can be evicted after three smoking violations.

So far, HUD said about 600 of its public housing agencies have already implemented smoke-free policies.

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