Public housing smoking ban in effect nationwide

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In November of 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the new federal rule and gave public housing authorities 18 months to implement their own plan to put into action as of today.

"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.

Keep in mind, it doesn't apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

Kathy Maddox tells us that she think the ban is a good idea environmentally but "I think our community where we live, we should be able to do what we want".

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the ruling back of February of past year and provided an 18-month implementation period.

The Feds say this ban reduces health hazards from second hand smoke. FWHS adopted its policy in September 2017 and it affects its two public housing properties, Butler Place Apartments and Cavile Place Apartments.

Tenants who break the rules under the new smoking ban, risk being evicted after three violations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HUD's national smoke-free policy will save public housing agencies $153 million every year in repairs and preventable fires, including $94 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $43 million in renovation of smoking-permitted units, and $16 million in smoking-related fire losses.

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