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The Obama administration on Wednesday announced new regulations banning smoking in public housing. In New York, this will affect more than 400,000 tenants in 178,000 New York City Housing Authority apartments. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro said the new rules will go into effect next year, but agencies have 18 months to implement the ban. The use of any lit tobacco product — including cigars, cigarettes and pipes — would be prohibited in all apartments, indoor common areas, offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of entrances. Electronic cigarettes are not banned under the new rules.
HUD first revealed it was considering a smoke-free rule a year ago as a way to eliminate second-hand smoke and to improve tenant health. But in consulting with housing authorities over the past year, HUD was warned the ban could be impossible to enforce. “This policy is not intended to force anyone to move out of public housing, but instead to offer safe, decent and sanitary housing for all populations,” HUD officials said.
originally posted by: Edumakated
The problem is the smoke doesn't just stay in the smoker's apartment. If someone wants to be an idiot and smoke cancer sticks, I could careless. However, they don't have the right to stink up their neighbors apartments or pollute their neighbors air. Having lived in an apartment building with smokers, you can absolutely still smell their smoke outside their apartment and in some cases, in your own place.
Also, I'm sure this helps the insurance rates since smokers can burn down their unit.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: underwerks
If ever there was a definition of unenforceable that would be it.
What a silly man.
originally posted by: NthOther
Because, after all, the point of public housing (generally) is to assist the downtrodden temporarily while they find the means to provide for themselves and become self-sufficient, right?
Right? To provide a leg up until the time when they can afford their own home and do whatever they hell they want in it, right?