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WASHINGTON — Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging local public agencies to enact smoking bans, and some 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.

In announcing the ban, administration officials emphasized the dangers of secondhand smoke to children, saying it can increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, even sudden infant death syndrome.

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful secondhand cigarette smoke,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said.

The final rule prohibits lit tobacco products in all living units and indoor common areas, and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative offices. The new rule gives public housing agencies 18 months to implement the ban.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the smoke-free policy will save housing agencies $153 million every year in repairs, preventable fires and health care costs. That amount includes $16 million in costs associated with smoking-related fires.

“Protecting people from secondhand smoke saves lives and saves money,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “No level of secondhand smoke exposure is safe, and the home is the primary source of secondhand smoke for children.”

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauded HUD’s actions, saying “this bold step” would reduce smoking among groups that suffer the most from tobacco-related death and disease. The organization said HUD also should have gone further and applied the ban to electronic cigarettes, though local housing authorities are permitted to do so.

Bryan Public Housing looks at banning smoking in units
KBTX - January 31, 2017

The Bryan Housing Authority is working on implementing federal rules that ban smoking inside units. It would affect all five or their properties around town.


Smoke-free policy cuts nicotine detected in Philadelphia public housing in half: study
EurekAlert (press release) - January 30, 2017

Philadelphia's public housing residents are breathing in less secondhand smoke since a 2015 comprehensive smoke-free policy went into place, a new study indicates. Ann Klassen, PhD, a professor in Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, led the study that monitored nicotine levels in Philadelphia Housing Authority properties both before and after the smoke-free policy was implemented. Klassen and her team found that although the number of places where nicotine was detected remained unchanged, the levels of detected nicotine were reduced by almost half after the policy was enacted. "This is encouraging," Klassen said. "These data show a reduction in exposure to airborne nicotine, which is an indicator of reduced exposure to secondhand smoke, and, therefore, healthier air in multi-unit housing." …


Springfield Housing Authority banning pot smoking on their property
wwlp.com - January 10, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - All Springfield Housing Authority properties are smoke-free, and that now explicitly includes a ban on smoking marijuana. ...


Bill which allows landlords to ban medical pot awaits Governor's ...
WSYM-TV - December 21, 2016

A bill which would allow landlords to prohibit medical marijuana patients from growing or smoking the drug on leased residential property is on Governor ...


HUD SECRETARY CASTRO ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HOUSING TO BE SMOKE-FREE
New rule protects health and safety of residents, saves PHAs millions of dollars in preventable damage
HUD.gov - November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. In an address to local public housing officials, residents and public health professionals in Boston, Secretary Castro said HUD's new rule will provide resources and support to more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to implement required smoke-free policies over the next 18 months. Read HUD's final rule. … "My office has long warned the public about the dangers of smoking, including second-hand smoke," said U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy. "For children who are exposed to second-hand smoke, it can mean everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and ear infections to asthma. Protecting our children and families from the devastation caused by secondhand smoke must be a priority for all sectors of our society, including public housing." HUD's smoke-free rule will reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking. 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.It is estimated that smoking causes more than 100,000 fires each year nationwide, resulting in more than 500 deaths and nearly a half a billion dollars in direct property damage.


HUD announces all public housing in Northeast will go smokefree
Foster's Daily Democrat - November 30, 2016

The American Lung Association of the Northeast stood with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its announcement Wednesday that will require all public housing agencies to go smokefree. This rule will protect two million Americans, across the country, from exposure to secondhand smoke in their homes. This includes those most vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke, including 760,000 children and more than 300,000 adults over the age of 62. The policies apply to residential units as well as common areas. …


HUD Secretary Castro Announces Public Housing to be Smoke-Free
Military Technologies - November 30, 2016

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. In an address to local public housing officials, residents and public health professionals in Boston, Secretary Castro said HUD's new rule will provide resources and support to more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to implement required smoke-free policies over the next 18 months. Read HUD's final rule. …


All Public Housing Developments will Now Be Smoke-Free
WDJT - November 30, 2016

HUD said the smoke-free rule will reduce damage and maintenance costs associated ... smoke-related health care, $43 million in renovation of smoking-permitted units, ... No level of secondhand smoke exposure is safe, and the home is the ...


Obama administration bans smoking in low-income housing
The Hill - November 30, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Wednesday it will ban smoking in public housing units in an effort to protect millions of ...


US Will Ban Smoking in Public Housing Nationwide
New York Times - November 30, 2016

Smoking will be prohibited in public-housing residences nationwide under a federal rule announced on Wednesday. Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development said the rule will go into effect early next year, but they are giving public housing agencies a year and a half to put smoke-free policies into effect. More than 1.2 million households will be affected, the officials said, although some 200,000 homes already come under smoking bans adopted voluntarily by hundreds of public housing agencies around the country. The ban will have the biggest implications in New York, where the New York City Housing Authority, the nation's largest public housing agency, with 178,000 apartments and more than 400,000 residents, has lagged behind many of its smaller counterparts in adopting smoke-free policies. …


Going Smoke-Free Cut Secondhand Smoke in Public Housing
20% reductions in Minnesota public housing study
MedPage Today - August 19, 2016

The implementation of smoke-free policies in public housing was associated with a 20% reduction in indoor secondhand-smoke exposure to nonsmokers in a ...


Smoking Bans in Affordable Housing Benefit All: Study
The Missoulian - August 19, 2016

Making affordable housing smoke-free lowers residents' exposure to secondhand smoke and may even help smokers quit, a new study finds. Those policies led to a 20 percent reduction in nonsmokers' indoor exposure to secondhand smoke, but there was no decrease in exposure to outdoor ...


City campaign seeks to expand 'smoke-free' housing
Dorchester Reporter - August 18, 2016

A new city campaign aimed at getting landlords to ban smoking inside their properties was launched last week. The Boston Public Health Commission is leading the "Go Smoke-Free" effort, which includes original photography of local property owners and mana...


Smoking Bans in Affordable Housing Benefit All: Study
U.S. News & World Report - August 18, 2016

All the properties prohibited smoking indoors and three also banned smoking ... At properties with only indoor smoking bans, there was actually an increase in ...


Westmoreland County to finalize policy banning smoking in public housing
Pittsburg Tribune-Review - August 15, 2016

… Housing authority Executive Director Michael Washowich said the smoking ban will be enacted once final rules from the Department of Housing and Urban Development are published in the fall. … The proposed policy would bar tobacco products from being used in authority-owned properties. E-cigarettes will be permitted under rules proposed by the federal government. Washowich said the authority will follow the government's policy. …


Involuntary secondhand smoke exposure high in multi-unit housing
Coldwater Daily Reporter - August 10, 2016

...health department, said that in Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties there are about 7,400 multi-dwelling units - places where two or more families live in a single building or complex. "This represents about 11 percent of the counties' housing unit...


Smoking Ban Begins [VIDEO]
KXNet.com - August 2, 2016

Sharing the air is not optional in apartment living and now at Henry Towers in Minot, smoking is not an option either. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro proposed late last year that all multi-unit housing should become smoke-free. HUD assistance is provided for nearly all the residents at Henry Towers and as Jennifer Kleen tells us, the facility is on board with what is likely to become the norm for shared housing. ...


Ecumen campus goes smoke-free
Duluth News Tribune - August 1, 2016

The Ecumen Lakeshore retirement community in Duluth implemented a new smoke-free campus policy on Monday for residents, medical rehabilitation patients, staff members and visitors.


Smoke free signs don't always mean smoke free apartments [VIDEO]
Valley News Live - July 26, 2016

A viewer contacted our Whistleblower hotline asking what can be done if someone smokes inside their apartment in a building that's designated as "smoke free." Valley News Live investigated and found out just because there is a smoke-free sign on the apartment entrance doesn't mean the building is completely smoke free. The Smoke-free Law prohibits smoking in public places such as bars, apartment common areas like hallways and 20 feet from doors. The law has been in effect in North Dakota for almost four years, but the law doesn't say people can't smoke in their apartment units ...


Ask Eli: Banning Smoking in Condos, Part I
ARL now - July 26, 2016

Answer: I'm on the Board for the 1800 Wilson condos in Rosslyn and we've been exploring a smoking ban since our 2015 annual meeting. We've begun crafting ..


Push For Smoke Free Public Housing In Minnesota
KDAL - July 26, 2016

ST. PAUL, MN (MNN) - State and national officials are pushing to make all public housing completely smoke-free, meaning not only could residents not smoke in …


Shockoe Bottom apartment complex bans smoking on property
WRIC - July 22, 2016

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) - The River Lofts at Tobacco Row in Richmond has issued a new smoking ban for current and future tenants.


Smoke-free public housing reduces secondhand smoke by 46 percent
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press - July 21, 2016

Conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health, the smoke-free policy experiment saw decreases in smoking and the prevalence of indoor secondhand ...


UCLA SAFE Program to Help Low Income Residents Avoid Second Hand Smoke
Los Angeles Sentinel - July 21, 2016

UCLA SAFE (Smoke Free Air For Everyone) launched a three year program aimed at increasing access to smoke free apartments in low-income neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program is …


Government agencies look to snuff out smoking in multi-unit dwellings
AMI NewsWire - July 20, 2016

Twenty percent of multi-unit housing residents smoke, compared with 14 percent ... an even stricter smoking regulation that bans smoking in all multi-unit housing. ... built using the state's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit must ban smoking. ... that 22 California communities have to date passed ordinances banning smoking …


The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke in Apartments, Condominiums
Healthline - July 19, 2016

The study concluded that 34 percent of multi-unit housing residents who have smoke-free policies in their homes have been exposed to secondhand smoke ...


Apartment, Condo Dwellers Can't Avoid Cigarette Smoke
MedPage Today - July 14, 2016

Apartment and condominium dwellers are more likely to smoke cigarettes than ... Late last year HUD proposed banning all combustible tobacco products from ... requested that the ban be delayed by several years to work out the specifics of ...


New data from CDC underscores need for HUD to finalize smoke-free public housing rules
Truth Initiative (American Legacy Foundation) - July 13, 2016

...we are keen to see final regulations from the Department of Housing and Urban Development making public housing smoke-free. We also need to see more effort going into making those policies stick - including cessation help for apartment-dwellers.


Highlighting the benefits of smoke-free housing
Bonney Lake and Sumner Courier-Herald - March 21, 2016

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's Smoke-Free Housing Task Force ... In Washington, about 75% of residents say they want to live in a smoke-free ...


About the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative
Greenville - March 21, 2016

The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative (SCTFC) is a statewide ... through prevention, policy and protection from secondhand smoke exposure.


A. S. A. P. to Hold Landlord Workshop
KIOW - March 20, 2016

The purpose of the meeting is to educate landlords on proper lease language, the eviction process, small claims, smoke free housing, and tenant screening.


BMHA votes to ban smoking in public housing
wivb.com - March 17, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority chose to ban smoking in public housing in a unanimous vote Thursday afternoon.


Smoking ban could impact Rome tenants
Rome Sentinel - March 17, 2016

The federal government is considering a ban on smoking in and around all of its public housing units. In Rome, that would mean Colonial I and II and Valentine ...


Housing authority considers instituting a smoking ban
Lancaster News - March 13, 2016

The Housing Authority of Lancaster County is considering adopting a smoke-free policy for tenants at two public housing complexes. Its executive director, Jerry ...


Some Columbus public housing going smoke-free before federal ban begins
Columbus Dispatch - March 13, 2016

When the 104-unit Poindexter Place apartments for low-income seniors opened in January on the Near East Side, residents were told the facility was smoke-free. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority officials said they did so to protect the health of ...


Mattapoisett Housing Authority
Wanderer - March 13, 2016

If other Authorities can work "diligently" on passing smoking bans, I can only wonder why this Authority cannot do the same? I do not wish to be subjected to ...


For the Health of it: Breathing easy at home
Lebanon Daily News - March 9, 2016

Encouraging landlords to adopt smoke-free housing policies has many benefits. In addition to the health benefits for the residents, research shows that contrary ...


Free breakfast, tobacco-free housing seminar slated
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal - March 7, 2016

The Niagara County Department of Health Division of Environmental Health and Tobacco-Free Western New York of Roswell Park Cancer Institute have joined forces to encourage landlords to eliminate second-hand smoke and fires caused by smoking in housing units. A free breakfast seminar is scheduled from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn in the Student Center, G Building, Floor 2, Room 211.


City Hallways (March 7) And the top vote getter is.......
Buffalo News - March 7, 2016

Mascia even spoke during a public hearing recently, along with other tenants, on the proposed housing authority smoking ban. He says he's not a smoker, but ...


Letters: Your thanks
Brattleboro Reformer - March 7, 2016

Kudos and many thanks to Windham and Windsor Housing Trust for finally implementing a non-smoking policy for ALL of its apartments. This policy will also include non smoking on any grounds of its housing, effective April 15, 2016.


Free tobacco prevention summit set
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - March 7, 2016

The Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Interior Region Training will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29-30 in Fairbanks. Experts in the field will share the latest and best practices related to tobacco prevention and control. The conference is free but registration is required. Topics will include integration of tobacco treatment into behavioral health, electronic cigarettes, smoke-free multi-unit housing, a discussion panel with former ...


Manhattan Co-op Ordered to Pay $120000 to a Woman Affected by Secondhand Smoke
New York Magazine - March 4, 2016

Someone's smoking in the apartment next door. You dont smoke and don't like it, but you can smell it. Who's in charge? Turns out, the responsibility is on the building. On Wednesday, Habitat magazine reported that a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled that the co-op board is on the hook to pay a co-op owner more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest, and insurance fees because smoke from other apartments had trickled into her own living room, making her apartment unlivable and affecting her health. In his decision, Justice Arthur Engoron made it clear that he believes this is more than a quality-of-life issue: "This Court ... is only saying that if you want to avail yourself of the right to rent out residences, you assume the obligation to insure that your tenants are not forced to smell and breathe carcinogenic toxins." Presumably, since the case he was ruling on was about a co-op, this also applies to proprietary leases and shareholders.


Fire at Killingly senior housing complex prompts calls for tighter smoking rules
Norwich Bulletin - March 4, 2016

And Verrette isnt the only one reconsidering the smoking policies at the Upper Maple Street complex. Killingly Housing Authority officials are proposing a ban on smoking inside all of the complexs stand-alone residences, a change they said is in direct response to the Feb. 24 fire.


BMHA public hearing on smoke-free housing policy [VIDEO]
WGRZ.com - March 3, 2016

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority held a public hearing on a proposal to ban smoking at all of their properties. Under the policy, smoking would be banned in all BMHA buildings, including apartments. Smoking will be permitted outside, but not within 25 feet of authority buildings.


Manhattan Co-op Resident Wins $120K In Lawsuit Over ...
Gothamist - March 3, 2016

In the years since, smoking bans in condo, co-op, and rental buildings have ... City Councilmembers and the federal government proposed banning smoking in ...



The Price of Smoking in Co-ops Just Went Up. Way Up
Habitat - March 2, 2016

In a decision thats sure to fuel the smoking debate in every co-op in the city, a state Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest and attorney fees to a co-op shareholder who claimed that smoke from other apartments had permeated her unit and rendered it uninhabitable. …

Residents Divided Over Smoking Ban
WAMC - March 2, 2016

Like their counterparts in several communities around the region, residents of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority are divided over a new smoking ban.


Why buying a home from a smoker raises YOUR diabetes risk: Third ...
Daily Mail - March 2, 2016

'We hope our study will influence public policy towards controlling the exposure of non-smokers to third-hand smoke toxins.' However, she has little advice for ...


Thirdhand Smoke Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
UCR Today (press release) - March 2, 2016

In the United States, nearly 88 million nonsmokers, ages three and older, live in homes where they are exposed to THS as well as secondhand smoke (smoke ...


Town should follow Worcester's lead on smoking ban
Sippican Week - February 29, 2016

The Worcester Housing Authority's board of commissioners voted unanimously on Dec. 17, 2015 to ban smoking anywhere inside the WHA community or within 30 feet of an entrance. This smoking ban includes: community rooms, trash and laundry rooms, lobbies and entrances, all apartments and open windows. On Jan. 15, 2016, the Mattapoisett Housing Authority had an apartment fire and firefighters from Mattapoisett, Fairhaven and Marion responded. This was the latest of several fires at the MHA complex. All it takes is one smoker to burn the place down. Does anyone know the status of a smoking ban at the MHA?


Mattapoisett Housing Authority
Wanderer - February 26, 2016

Dear Editor: On January 15, 2016, the Mattapoisett Housing Authority had an apartment fire and fire fighters from Mattapoisett, Fairhaven and Marion responded. This was the latest of several fires at the MHA complex. All it takes is one smoker to burn the place down. Does anyone know the status of a smoking ban at the MHA?


Saratoga Springs public housing to go smoke-free
WNYT - February 25, 2016

Saratoga Springs Housing Authority says they surveyed residents and the majority favored going smoke free, including Darlene McGraw, who lives at Stonequist. "Where do you get private out of public housing? You don't own this. You rent it or lease it." When the policy takes effect May 1st, no one will be allowed to smoke within 25-feet of a door or a window. Paul Feldman, the authority's executive director says Saratoga isn't unique. He says public housing in Schenectady and Albany has gone smoke-free, and soon the federal government will mandate it, because smoking is a health and fire risk, and increases the cost of maintaining apartments.


Housing legislation, tenant protections gain momentum in Salem
Portland Tribune - February 24, 2016

The measure also increases fees landlords can charge tenants for violating a smoking ban from $50 to $250 after a warning. Another tenant protection to ...


Somerville to prohit smoking in public housing units
The Boston Globe - February 24, 2016

...1, smoking will be prohibited in all Somerville's public housing units. ... the effects of secondhand smoke can include acute respiratory infections, ear problems, ...


Smoking is banned, or will be banned, in some housing authorities.
New England Public Radio - February 24, 2016

Worcester Housing Authority has decided to ban smoking in all of its properties starting April 1. The authority cites health concerns and cleaning costs.


Free breakfast and tobacco-free housing seminar for landlords scheduled in March at NCCC
Niagara Frontier Publications - February 22, 2016

The Niagara County Department of Health Division of Environmental Health and Tobacco-Free Western New York of Roswell Park Cancer Institute have joined forces to encourage landlords to eliminate second-hand smoke and fires caused by smoking in housing units. A free breakfast seminar is scheduled from 8-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. It will take place in the Student Center, G Building, Floor 2, Room 211.


Worcester Housing Authority to go smoke free
Worcester Telegram - February 22, 2016

The Worcester Housing Authority said Monday that it will ban smoking inside all of its properties beginning April 1. Designating a building smoke free creates a healthier environment for all residents, Raymond V. Mariano, executive director of the WHA, said in a statement. Multi-family buildings are especially affected by secondhand smoke because the smoke leaves an apartment through the hallways, ventilation and heating systems. Secondhand smoke is a verified health hazard and a smoke free environment protects other residents from secondhand smoke.


Naomi Ruiru: Keep apartments smoke-free
La Crosse Tribune - February 18, 2016

As a nursing student, I am very concerned with the exposure of secondhand smoking that continues to affect a huge part of our community despite the inaction ...


Sunnyvale: New smoking ordinance bans smoking in multi-family housing units
San Jose Mercury News - February 17, 2016

The Sunnyvale City Council has enacted some tougher rules in the city aimed at keeping cigarette smoke away from the lungs of residents. The council voted 6-1 on Feb. 9 to approve a new ordinance that prohibits smoking in outdoor dining areas, within 25 feet of doorways and other openings of locations where smoking is prohibited, within 25 feet of public transit stops, in common and outdoor areas of multi - family housing, within 20 feet of the entrance of multifamily housing and inside multi-family housing units. The ban includes tobacco smoke, electronic smoking devices and marijuana. The council spent quite some time debating the issues of medical marijuana and smoking inside multi-family housing. Councilmember Jim Griffith, the lone dissenting vote, said he was concerned that the council was dictating how residents can use medicinal items as well prohibiting people from doing things within properties they have purchased, such as condominiums. ...


Tenant protection bill headed for House vote
Portland Tribune - February 17, 2016

The measure also increases fees landlords can charge tenants for violating a smoking ban from $50 to $250 after a warning. ...


Housing Authority smoking ban will be in place April 1
Finger Lakes Times - February 16, 2016

As of April 1, Geneva Housing Authority tenants will not be able to smoke inside their apartments or in common areas. Outdoors, no smoking will be allowed within 25 feet of any building or outdoor common areas, such as a gazebo or playground.


NYC Housing Authority Seeks More Time in Federal Smoking Ban
Bisnow - February 12, 2016

The New York City Housing Authority is asking for more time and resources to put in effect a proposed federal ban on smoking, which will impact its 178,000 ...


Sharpsburg Towers to ban smoking
Tribune-Review - February 10, 2016

His compulsion might necessitate a move from his home at Sharpsburg Towers, which on March 1 will institute a smoking ban for residents in their apartments and on the building property at 601 Main St. Of the 103 residents at Sharpsburg Towers, about 25 percent smoke. Currently, they are permitted to do so in their apartments but not in any common areas like the social hall, library or exercise room. Once the ban takes effect, smokers won't be able to smoke anywhere on the property. They'll have to walk about a block to get off property before they light up. There is a parking lot in the rear of the building that they will have to cross to smoke as well.


Devils Lake landlord honored for going tobacco-free [VIDEO]
WDAZ February 10, 2016

The secondhand smoke from even one tenant smoking indoors can cause health problems for people in multiple other units. Dan Lagein, Lagein Apartments owner: Probably over a year ago we went smoke free. Dan Lagein was honored today for being the first landlord in Devils Lake to make five of his apartment units tobacco-free.


MC Companies Set to Open Its Latest Apartment Community, The ...
MultifamilyBiz.com - February 10, 2016

The Place at Presidio Trails joins the MCLife Tucson family with an eye for what residents want and need. The property is even offering features that complement healthy living, explains Mr. Flatt: "We're going to be committed to a healthy lifestyle with one (or more) smoke-free buildings, a state of the art fitness room with positive reinforcements stenciled right onto the wall, and of course being right on a sprawling exercise trail." ...


Public Housing Agencies Seek More Time to Enact Smoking Ban
New York Times - February 5, 2016

Public housing agencies are asking for more time and resources to put in effect a proposed federal ban on smoking that would affect nearly one million households nationwide. Officials with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said they had heard from the agencies, public health organizations and residents in more than 1,000 comments received over 60 days on a proposed federal rule to ban smoking inside public housing units. The officials, who announced the proposal in November, are now reviewing those comments before finalizing the rule. The New York City Housing Authority, the largest in the country with 178,000 apartments spread among 328 sites, is asking for three years, rather than the proposed 18 months, to put the ban in place.


PUBLIC AGENDA: office cap, transportation tax measure, renaming schools
Palo Alto Online - February 5, 2016

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss a proposed ordinance banning smoking at multi-family residences and creating a licensing program for tobacco retailers. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.


Southcoast Health targets smoking in public housing
SouthCoastToday.com - February 4, 2016

The effort follows a push by the New Bedford Housing Authority to make its apartments smoke-free four years ago. While smoking is trending downward, ...


AAFP Throws Support Behind Smoke-free Public Housing Proposal
AAFP News - January 29, 2016

It is against this backdrop that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed making all public housing properties smoke-free. It's a policy change the AAFP has long recommended,(2 page PDF) and the Academy recently reiterated its support(2 page PDF) in comments to HUD Secretary Juli?Castro, J.D., on the proposed rule.


Smoke-free public housing
Northwest Arkansas News - January 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed in November that more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country become smoke-free. This is a change that would safeguard the health of 2 million Americans who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Among them are 760,000 children and 300,000 adults over 62. The proposal came with a two-month public comment period, which many of the nations leading health organizations used to argue for the plan. Bernard Dreyer, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told HUD, There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure for children. Harold P. Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, urged HUD to quickly finalize this life-saving regulation.


GUEST EDITORIAL: HUD must enact its public housing smoking ban
Northwest Georgia News - January 28, 2016

In its decades-long fight against Big Tobacco, the nation has always come to rely on Big Health. Those voices were heard this month as three dozen ...


Letter: We need to ban smoking in individual apartments
Buffalo News - January 28, 2016

My son and I wish there'd be a ban on smoking inside individual apartments. Not only is the smoke bad for smokers and nonsmokers, it is very dangerous.


LETTER: Fitchburg Housing Authority clears the air
Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise - January 27, 2016

With its new policy, the Fitchburg Housing Authority joins the growing number of public and private multiunit housing properties throughout Massachusetts with smoke-free policies, a positive trend that protects residents from the serious health effects ...


City Hallways (Jan. 26) Football talk in City Hall
Buffalo News - January 26, 2016

Quick follow-up on that proposed Housing Authority smoking ban, which seems to be ... And of course illegal substances, already banned, such as marijuana.


Program to reward Winchester landlords for smoke-free housing
Keene (NH) Sentinel - January 26, 2016

A new program seeks to increase the availability of smoke-free rentals in town, while rewarding landlords who comply with the town's housing standards ordinance. But the future...is in question because of a petition warrant article seeking to rescind it a


Ban smoking in public housing
The Sun Chronicle - January 26, 2016

Those voices were heard this month as three dozen organizations submitted comments supporting an effort to ban smoking in federal public housing. The U.S. ...


Secondhand smoke common for U.S. teens, often at home
Duluth News Tribune - January 26, 2016

Among nonsmokers, 35 percent said they had inhaled smoke indoors or in outdoor public places, 27 percent at work, 17 percent at school and 15 percent in a ...


Prescott dealing with group-home impacts
The Daily Courier - January 25, 2016

Smoking - the current city code prohibits smoking in city facilities and buildings, with some exceptions. The draft ordinance would add the prohibition of smoking in all city parks and park systems, as well as in some private-property areas. Under the private-property section, the proposed ordinance states that smoking would be prohibited in all multi-unit residence common areas, except in an outdoor common area designated by a landlord as a smoking area; all areas within 20 feet of doors, windows, air ducts and ventilation systems of multi-unit residences, except while passing on the way to another destination; all single-family and multi-family outdoor balconies, porches, decks, patios, carports or areas of any residence from which second-hand smoke may be detected on any parcel other than the parcel upon which the person is smoking. The city memo states that the Smoke Free Act Arizona "allows cities to adopt smoking regulations more stringent than those imposed under state law."


Smoking ban causes backlash
IllinoisHomePage.net - January 24, 2016

An apartment complex has a new policy banning smoking. It's causing some controversy among people who live in Florida house building next to Philo road. It's been smoke-free since January first. Some residents say its not fair and moving out isn't an option. Leaders at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District are excited about the change. It's something they say is in the best interest of everyone's well-being, but the new rule is prompting some smokers in Florida House to take action to fight it. "I got caught a week ago, Monday, smoking in the apartment. If I get three of them, which I don't plan on doing, I'll get evicted."


Clear the air
Toledo Blade - January 24, 2016

In its decades-long fight against Big Tobacco, the nation has come to rely on Big Health. Those voices have been heard, as three dozen organizations have endorsed an effort to ban smoking in federal public housing.


Clear, safe air: HUD must enact its public housing smoking ban
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - January 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed in November that more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country become smoke-free. Dwellings administered by Pittsburgh and Allegheny County would be included.


BMHA proposes ban on smoking in all residential facilities and offices [AUDIO]
WBFO - January 22, 2016

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is taking the initiative on recommendations by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go smoke-free. It would apply to all forms of smoked tobacco and e-cigarettes. At the BMHA board meeting, Sanders-Garrett was asked about the rights of the tenants who will ...


Smoking to be banned in BMHA apartments
Buffalo News - January 21, 2016

Under the policy, smoking would be banned in all BMHA buildings, including resident apartments. Smoking will be permitted outside, but not within 25 feet of ...


Smoke-free building doesn't sit well with some residents
IllinoisHomePage.net - January 21, 2016

URBANA -- An apartment complex has gone smoke-free, but it's not sitting well with everyone who lives there. It's the Florida House building. The C-U Public ...


Health groups call for e-smoking ban in public housing
The Hill - January 19, 2016

The Obama administration should extend a public housing smoking ban to electronic cigarettes, health advocates say. The Department of Housing and Urban ...


U.S. housing market should slow to sustainable growth rate this year
Chicago Daily Herald - January 15, 2016

Q. Is a homeowners association responsible for enforcing city ordinances? A. No ... let's say a condo owner violates a local anti-noise or anti-smoking ordinance, ...


Marietta Housing Authority opens waiting list for Acworth apartments
Atlanta Journal Constitution - January 14, 2016

Hull Heights is a ranch-style, nonsmoking residential property, consisting of 50 affordable, low-income apartments. These newly renovated, all-electric ...


Feds may ban smoking in public housing
Tullahoma News - January 13, 2016

Tullahoma Housing Authority (THA) Executive Director Jim Rock said he's not a fan of the proposed rule, which would affect five THA developments... For right now, Rock said, "They are giving us a choice;" but if the proposed rule becomes HUD's final rule...


Most important for renters: Amenities, amenities, amenities
Upstate Business Journal - January 13, 2016

"Also, surprisingly, three quarters of the respondents were interested in non-smoking buildings, and the same amount were in interested in living in a certified ...


Proposal would ban smoking inside housing projects
WTVR TV 6 (Richmond, VA) - January 12, 2016

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), which oversees more than 4,000 public housing units in city, said they were in the final stages of implementing their own "smoke free" buildings in certain communities before HUD's proposal.


Nashville Apartment Staffers Forced To Stub Out Cigarettes With Residents In Smoking Ban [AUDIO]
WPLN - January 11, 2016

The first private apartment complexes to accept the Metro Health Departments challenge to ban smoking say its going pretty well. No one has packed up and left yet. But going smoke-free has been hard for those trying to quit. Fallbrook and Riverwood Towers in Madison, both owned by Memphis-based Alco Management, implemented a curb-to-curb policy banning smoking anywhere on their premises, including outdoor common areas. That means after January 1, even staffers like Rife had to at least consider kicking the habit.


Oregon Trailer Park Bans Pot Smoking In Resident-Owned Homes
Marijuana Politics (blog) - January 7, 2016

I can see someone banning smoking in their apartment or duplex or house for ... that whether smoking is allowed, restricted, or banned, the tenant must be made ... ban for non-homeowners, or does it mean landlords can only create bans for ...


Reader's View: Smoke-free public housing should be universal
Duluth News Tribune - January 7, 2016

As someone who grew up in public housing, I cannot say enough about how thrilled I am to hear about the HUD-proposed rule to end smoking in public housing everywhere (Other View: Welcome the end of cigarettes in public housing, Nov. 23). There is simply no reason why a child, or anyone else for that matter, who lives in subsidized housing should be exposed to the well-documented dangers and risks of secondhand smoke. Shared buildings mean shared ventilation and air. Im proud to be part of a community that was a leader in the nation when the Duluth HRA went smoke-free in 2009. .


Two Apartment Communities First in Nashville to Go Smoke Free
WZTV Fox 17 (Nashville, TN) - January 6, 2016

Fallbrook Apartment Community and Riverwood Tower Apartment Community implemented the policies as part of Metro Public Health Department's Breathe Easy Campaign. In a press release, Tobacco Coordinator for Metro Public Health Department Lillian Maddox-W...


Local smoke-free housing advocate headed to White House conference
Duluth News-Tribune - January 4, 2016

An advocate for smoke-free public housing in Duluth and Minnesota is leaving for Washington to attend a White House meeting on a proposed national policy. Pat McKone, regional senior director for tobacco programs and policy for the American Lung Assoc...


Smoking in Pleasanton
The Independent - December 31, 2015

Pleasanton took steps to control smoking in the city. In past years, the city has received a "D" from the American Lung Association for its lack of smoking regulations. With its most recent vote, the city council approved an ordinance that requires events in the downtown to be smoke free. The council also directed city staff to come back with options to regulate smoking in multi-family housing, as well as single family neighborhoods. The city already prohibits smoking in senior housing...


Should HUD Ban Smoking In Public Housing?
Forbes - December 31, 2015

HUD has proposed to ban smoking in public housing. Is this class-based paternalism as some liberty-lovers would argue? Or is there a case to be made for such a restriction? As it turns out, I discovered the issue is more complicated than I envisioned when I first waded into this thicket. A legitimate case for the ban can be offered on non-paternalistic grounds, but it appears to be far from optimal policy in light of several other rather obvious alternatives available to policymakers. I see no grounds for extending such a ban to e-cigarettes. Now for the details.


Letter: Breathing clean air is not a privilege but a right
San Mateo Daily Journal - December 30, 2015

I am writing to you to ask for your support for smoking ordinances that prohibit secondhand smoking in multi-unit homes. This is a very important for me as part of ...


New condo owner's cannabis smoking disturbs tenants
Chicago Tribune - December 28, 2015

Does she have the right to smoke medicinal cannabis anywhere and at any time? ... in the common areas or if there is sufficient vote to ban smoking even in ... have enacted amendments banning all smoking everywhere in the complex.


RTW: Second-hand smoke takes its toll in public housing
Olean Times Herald - December 23, 2015

Many New York landlords believe that non-smoking policies are best for many reasons, one main reason is the cost. The total estimated cost to rehabilitate a unit ...


Metropolitan: San Mateo Apartments
The Voice Observer - December 21, 2015

Our community is absolutely, 100%, without a doubt non-smoking. No butts about it. It's better for you, your neighbors and our neighborhood. What's a low-odour ...


Iowa Smoke Free Homes Unveils Remodeled Mobile Website
Business Wire - December 21, 2015

The website, which can be found at https://smokefreehomes.iowa.gov, uses a responsive design enabling visitors to use their smartphones or tablets with the same functionality as visitors using a desktop computer.


HUD, please don't ban e-cigarettes in public housing
American Enterprise Institute - December 21, 2015

We write to comment on the proposed regulation on smoke-free public housing, 80 Federal Register 71762 (November 17, 2015). Although we support the ...


HATFIELD: No smoking: Local condo tower fought to clear the air
Greensboro News & Record - December 20, 2015

Hampshire homeowners passed this amendment by a 77 percent vote. This vote speaks volumes to the dedication of our homeowners to a healthy environment, to the hard work and commitment of our association, and to the changing tide with regard to smoking in...


Hints From Heloise: Smoke Gets in Your Home
The Washington Post - December 19, 2015

I would like to add another very important question when apartment and condo hunting: What are the smoking regulations in the building? When someone smokes inside or on patios and balconies, the smoke fills the surrounding apartment homes…


Potential smoking ban in public housing concerns residents
Peoria Journal Star - December 17, 2015

The Peoria Housing Authority has been weighing the merits of a smoke-free policy ... Additional restrictions, such as disallowing smoking indoors, could prompt ...


Smoking banned in El Monte apartment buildings
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - December 16, 2015

El Monte has joined dozens of other California cities... The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ban smoking in both apartment and condominium buildings with three or more attached units - amounting to 9,000 homes, or roughly 30 percent of all ...


Residents react to HUD's new proposal to ban smoking in public ...
newsnet5.com - December 14, 2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD wants to ban smoking inside all of its public housing units, including those here in Ohio.


They won't blow smoke in public housing
Reading Eagle - December 11, 2015

About 8,000 people living in public housing in Reading could be impacted by a proposed rule change that would ban smoking. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro recently announced the proposal to make the nation's 3,100 public housing...


The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso Quits Smoking
SYS-CON Media (press release ) December 9, 2015

EL PASO, Texas, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Smoke-Free Paso Del Norte coalition presented their annual Chester L. Bryant Valor Award to the ..


VHA may be forced to go smoke free
Vincennes Sun Commercial - December 8, 2015

The Vincennes Housing Authority may be forced by the federal government to prohibit smoking in its buildings. VHA executive director Linda Fredrick told her ...


Local organization works to promote smoke-free housing
Kenosha News - December 5, 2015

In Kenosha, the movement to promote smoke-free housing has been underway for several years through the Kenosha Racine Walworth Tri-County Tobacco Free Coalition. About three years ago, the group began introducing a program called Clear Gains, consisting of educational resources to property owners looking into providing smoke-free environments to their tenants. Since then, about 100 landlords have had conversations with representatives from Clear Gains, and hundreds of units have converted to smoke-free housing, according to Chaz Bartucz, KRW Tobacco-Free Coalition Smoke-Free Housing liaison.


Smoke-free apartments in Long Beach triple since 2008
Long Beach Press Telegram - December 4, 2015

The number of smoke-free apartments in Long Beach has more than tripled from 16 percent to 48 percent since 2008, according to a city survey released Thursday. That increase means health benefits for all residents, said Eipryl Tello, Long Beachs Tobacco Education Program coordinator with the Department of Health and Human Services. We know that secondhand smoke is harmful to kids and people with compromised immune systems, Tello said. When someone smokes, the smoke doesnt stay in one apartment. It goes through the ventilation system and through the walls, she said.


Wellesley Housing Authority: Smoking ban takes hold
Wicked Local - December 3, 2015

...has implemented an anti-smoking policy that its executive director says is beginning to take hold at the various public housing properties in town. "It's been pretty successful so far," said Debra Jordan, executive director of both the Wellesley and Needh...


Letter: Approve proposal to make public housing smoke-free
Buffalo News - December 2, 2015

...70 percent of renters would rather live in a smoke-free building; smoke-free properties cost less to clean, and retain higher property value; and cigarettes are a leading cause of residential building fires. I hope that the proposed HUD rule will advance...


Smoking policy has tower tenants fuming
Oneonta Daily Star - December 2, 2015

Oneonta's Nader Towers housing facility is supposed to be a non-smoking building, but several residents and an official said Tuesday that many of the structure's hallways, elevators and floors still stink of cigarettes.


How New York City Plans To Shame People Out Of Affordable ...
ThinkProgress - December 2, 2015

... "Not Wanted" list, which publicly identifies and bans tenants who supposedly dealt ... NYCHA previously "excluded" Davon because he was caught smoking weed on ... People with felony records are already banned from public housing, but ...


EDITORIAL: Smoke-free apartment living
Crow River Media - December 2, 2015

EDITORIAL: Smoke-free apartment living. ...


Cook County Implements Smoke- Free Public Housing
Realty Today - December 1, 2015

Chicago has launched a ban on smoking in most public places. (Photo ... Due to National Housing Authority's efforts of implementing national smoke- free public ...


Can Your Landlord Stop You From Smoking Pot?
Washingtonian.com (blog) - December 1, 2015

Due to protections for people with disabilities, a ban on medical marijuana is even shakier. Blind residents in a no-pets building, for instance, are allowed a ...


Public Health Calls For No-Smoking Policies in all Apartments, Condos, and Co-ops
The Meaford Independent - November 30, 2015

As part of National Home Fire Safety Week, November 24-30, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is calling for all multi-unit housing in Grey Bruce to adopt no-smoking policies. It is important for landlords and tenants to work together to bring smoke-free policies to their buildings, says Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit. Getting rid of smoking in a home, an apartment, condo or co-op building protects everyone from unnecessary health and safety risks. A 2012 survey found 70 per cent of Grey Bruce residents somewhat or strongly supported a smoking ban inside multi-unit dwellings. The Grey Bruce Health Unit congratulates Bruce County Housing Corporation, Grey County & Owen Sound Housing Corporation and Owen Sound Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation for taking the lead in making their residential units non-smoking. These housing providers are protecting their tenants with policies that create safer buildings and healthier indoor air.


Fremont to consider smoking ban in future multi-unit residences
San Jose Mercury News - November 29, 2015

Fremont City Councilwoman Suzanne Chan is seeking to restrict smoking in multi-unit residences that haven't been built yet. Limiting smoking inside units and common areas will decrease people's exposure to second-hand smoke, Chan said. "We know that today the trend for smoking is on the downturn, she said. "Many people are much more aware of the harmful effects of smoking and so I wanted to make it clear my referral is not to ban smoking where it is currently allowed. But rather, the prohibition would be for future construction." On Nov. 17, the council directed staff to explore ways to achieve Chan's proposed policy and report back at a later meeting with a definition of multi-unit residences, the status of projects already approved or permitted, types of smoking that would be targeted and methods of enforcing a smoking ban. ...


Up Close: Proposed ban on smoking in public housing [VIDEO]
WABC-TV - November 29, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- We know the dangers of smoking. It's bad not only for the people who puff on the cigarettes, but also all those around them. Now the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a sweeping ban on smoking in public housing inside and outside of apartments. HUD has proposed a rule that would require the more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country to make their properties smoke-free.


Local housing authority's policy predates federal 'no smoking' initiative
Washington Observer-Reporter - November 27, 2015

A fire three years ago - triggered by a cigarette - that injured 13 residents of public housing in North Charleroi prompted Washington County Housing Authority to ban indoor smoking in all apartments it manages.... No one challenged the Washington County …


Community Calendar: November 28, 2015
Morris Sun Tribune - November 27, 2015

SMOKE FREE HOUSING TRAINING for landlords and property owners with information on the benefits of adopting smoke-free policies and how to enforce them.


Public housing will be smoke-free
Albany Times Union (blog) - November 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a rule that would require all public housing authorities to implement smoke-free policies ...


Smoking bans
Waterbury Republican American - November 26, 2015

Remember when the nicotine police called for smoking bans in municipal buildings, ... The next target is public-housing residents, who soon may be banned from ... and Urban Development has proposed banning smoking in residential units, ...


Fremont to consider smoking ban in future multi-unit residences
San Jose Mercury-News - November 26, 2015

On Nov. 17, the council directed staff to explore ways to achieve Chan's proposed policy and report back at a later meeting with a definition of multi-unit residences, the status of projects already approved or permitted, types of smoking that would be t


Proposed Federal Smoking Ban May Force NYCHA To Crack Down ...
Park Slope Stoop (blog) - November 25, 2015

A smoking ban has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ... considering adding those to the list of items/devices banned, pending public ...


Guest editorial: Smoke-free public housing
Savannah Morning News - November 25, 2015

The proposed ban would go into effect in complexes only after open ... Banning smoking in such facilities would not only improve the overall quality of life for ...


Federal vs. State: Recreational and Medicinal Marijuana
Multi-Housing News - November 25, 2015

You can't even enforce a non-smoking clause because some doctors prescribe marijuana in a smoking sense because it can deliver relief more quickly that way ...


Local officials, residents react to smoke-free public housing proposal
WQOW TV News 18 - November 24, 2015

Eau Claire (WQOW) - A federal proposal could force some smokers to snuff out or ... has proposed a rule that would ban lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars ... In addition, smoking would be banned outdoors within 25 feet of public ...


Killeen: Residents Weigh In On Proposed Public Housing Smoking ...
KWTX - November 24, 2015

HUD says about 228,000 public housing units are already smoke-free. The proposed rule would expand that to more than 940,000 units. Lucia Rodrigues with ...


Smoking ban in federal housing is a bad idea
TribTalk - November 24, 2015

Smoking ban in federal housing is a bad idea ... public housing rules by proposing a smoking ban will only add to the barriers many people face in ... Because Ms. Gross' column mischaracterized our position on banning the box, it is important


Local agency reacts to HUD proposed rule banning smoking
Circleville Herald (registration) - November 24, 2015

"Not included in the proposed rule is the prohibition of electronic nicotine delivery services (ENDS), like e-cigarettes, or water pipe tobacco smoking, also known ...


Smoke-free housing training offered for landlords, property owners
Alexandria Echo Press - November 24, 2015

Smoke-free policies are preferred by 75 percent of potential renters in Minnesota. Having a smoke-free policy lowers cleaning and turnover costs and saves time ...


New target for nicotine police ($$)
Waterbury Republican American - November 24, 2015

Remember when the nicotine police called for smoking bans in municipal buildings, museums, and other places owned and occupied by the public? That was ... The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed banning smoking in residential units, common areas and administrative offices. Should residents feel the need, they would be allowed to smoke outside, but they'd have to walk 25 feet from the nearest building. Violators could be evicted. ...


Verbatim: Ban smoking in public housing? Not a bad idea
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - November 24, 2015

Smoking, as we all know, is unhealthful, and secondhand smoke is a silent killer. ... Banning smoking in such facilities would not only improve the overall quality ...


"Don't Ban Smoking in Public Housing"
Reason (blog) - November 24, 2015

Rather than trying to push the neediest Americans into particular behaviors-buy a house! have a kid! eat more kale! don't smoke!-it would be far more elegant ...


Federal proposal moves public housing in a smoke-free direction
Tampa Bay Newspapers - November 23, 2015

The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida, the state's comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program, has been working to educate public and private housing managers about the benefits of smoke-free policies for more than three years and is encouraged


Smoke-free public housing the right course
Grand Island Independent - November 23, 2015

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is working on new regulations that would bar people living in public housing from smoking tobacco not only in the buildings' indoor common areas and administrative offices, and not only within 25 feet of the buildings, but also in their own apartments.


City leaders eye potential smoking restrictions
Union Democrat - November 21, 2015

The City of Sonora could join a growing number of California cities and counties that are implementing policies to clamp down on smoking tobacco in public areas. The ordinance applies to places in the unincorporated area including, but not limited to, public transit, public buildings, indoor and outdoor dining areas, indoor and outdoor sports venues, polling places and common areas in apartment complexes and multi-unit housing facilities. The Americans for Nonsmokers Rights advocates for cities and counties in California to adopt ordinances to close exemptions in state labor laws that give some businesses the ability to allow smoking within their establishment.


Smoking Ban in Public Housing: a few Tenants Say Yes Please
TV Newsroom - November 20, 2015

As it stands, the rule doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, but federal officials are searching for input regarding whether to ban them. Open communication with ...


EDITORIAL: Should public housing be totally smoke-free?
Los Angeles Times - November 19, 2015

Banning smoking in such facilities would not only improve the overall quality of life for most tenants but would also reduce smoking-related costs for the taxpayers. Those gains trump the disadvantages….


PWTF Improving Health for Lynn Residents Where They Live, Work ...
Lynn Journal - November 19, 2015

In October, all LHAND housing adopted a Smoke-Free Policy which will reduce the negative health effects of second-hand smoke for over 1000 residents and ...


Syracuse Housing Authority Bans Smoking
The Cigar Authority - November 19, 2015

While the feds announced last week that they were looking to make all public housing smoke free, some cities have begun passing and enforcing such a ban.


Megan McArdle: 'Ban smoking' means 'evict defiant smokers'
Memphis Commercial Appeal - November 19, 2015

The federal government is proposing to ban smoking in public housing - not ... There doesn't seem to be a lot of good evidence on the results of these bans, ...


Public housing residents react to proposed smoking ban
WCYB - November 19, 2015

It is a federal proposal to outlaw smoking in all public housing. The primary goal is to combat second-hand smoke. But some say it is imposing on their freedom.


Local initiative encourages low-income properties to become smoke ...
WSAW - November 18, 2015

"It is completely legal for landlords to adopt smoke-free policies, some landlords may not know that. Then all you have to do is designate areas of your property ...


Marijuana violation might not result in housing contract cancelation
Ball State Daily - November 18, 2015

During the 2014-15 school year, Ball State's policy on marijuana in the residence halls was explicitly zero-tolerance. The student's contract with housing would ...


Public has 60 days to comment on plan for public housing smoking ...
Real Estate Weekly - November 18, 2015

HUD's proposed rule would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments ...


LETTER: GLASSER: A Proposed Smoking Ban in Public Housing
New York Times - November 17, 2015

will in its benevolence provide public housing for the poor and predominantly nonwhite, but residents will have to relinquish rights that every other citizen enjoys to remain eligible. Propose a similar law to apply to all residents of all apartment buil...


An unrealistic smoking ban
Washington Post - November 17, 2015

13 Federal Eye column, "Plan to snuff smoking in public housing" [The Fed ... have been done on multi-unit housing where smoking has been banned show that the ... The cost of enforcing an all-out smoking ban likely would be quite high, and ...


EDITORIAL: Smoking ban makes sense in public housing
Tacoma News Tribune - November 17, 2015

...THA offers smoking cessation resources (including classes and patches); HUD would be wise to do the same if its ban is implemented....There are too many good reasons to ban smoking. HUD's proposal should move forward. ...


Residents mixed on proposed smoking ban in public housing
TV Newsroom - November 17, 2015

The Obama administration has proposed banning smoking in public housing, ... There are 26 housing authorities in South Dakota, managing public housing.


Smoke-free housing proposal proves controversial in north country
Watertown Daily Times - November 17, 2015

Mr. Robare said the Watertown Housing Authority plans to stay ahead of the game in regard to HUD regulations, which he believes ultimately will save the agency money. "It will save in maintenance costs," he said. "When you're turning over units when smok...


Suffolk passes apartment complex smoking ban
News 12 Long Island - November 17, 2015

The bill pertains to any properties that have 10 or more units - such as apartment buildings, condo complexes and senior facilities. It states that smoking would ...


Smoking Will Be Banned In Syracuse Public Housing
WSKG (Vestal, NY) - November 17, 2015

Starting Thursday, smoking will be banned in all of Syracuse's public housing. The decision comes from a recommendation made by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development which may institute the ban nationwide. Francine Whitman lives in one of...


Local housing authorities ban smoking before the proposed nationwide mandate
WREX-TV Channel 13 (Rockford, IL) - November 16, 2015

Five years ago Winnebago County paved the way for Stateline public housing to ban smoking. It prepared its public housing residents for the change long before it actually happened. Alan Zais, Winnebago County Housing Authority Executive Director, state ...


South City to consider smoke ban: Officials say new ordinance is ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - November 16, 2015

Looking to join the growing local movement of cities working to protect residents from exposure to secondhand smoke, South San Francisco officials laid the groundwork to ban smoking in apartment buildings and attached living facilities. The South San Francisco City Council unanimously approved during a study session Wednesday, Nov. 4, to direct city staff to draft a smoking ban ordinance which would come back for formal approval in January, according to City Manager Mike Futrell.


HUD proposes smoke-free rule in public housing
Rapid News Network - November 16, 2015

But according to HUD, public-housing residents can not smoke marijuana insideeven though its illegal under D.C. law for them to smoke pot outside. They could ...


TAMMY BRUCE: Hypocrisy of HUD's smoking ban [VIDEO]
Washington Times - November 16, 2015

When HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced a proposed rule to ban smoking in public housing nationwide, the absurdity was too much to bear. Here was ...


Feds to punish public-housing tenants for smoking in their own apartments
R Street - November 16, 2015

The current draft regulations hint at the possibility that the federal government might ban e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco, as well. Since these things deliver ...


Bill de Blasio: Banning Smoking in Public Housing is a commendable goal
Observer - November 13, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio said today he supported a federal proposal to ban smoking in all public housing nationwide, though he admitted there were challenges with ...


3 state agencies ahead of any smoking ban
Arkansas Online - November 13, 2015

A proposed ban announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday would have to be implemented by all the nation's public housing authorities -- including the 105 in Arkansas that manage about 14,200 units. Three public housing authorities in Arkansas already have some form of no-smoking policy. HUD began encouraging housing authorities to adopt such rules voluntarily in 2009. Electronic cigarettes are not included in the proposed rule, but federal officials are seeking input about whether to ban them as well. The CDC targeted e-cigarettes in its anti-smoking ads for the first time in March. Paragould's ban already includes e-cigarettes.


Federal Housing Department Proposes Public Housing Smoking Ban
California Healthline - November 13, 2015

On Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a proposed rule that would ban smoking in public housing nationwide, the New York Times reports.


Reigniting a Health Issue in New York Public Housing
New York Times - November 13, 2015

The question of what should or should not be done to eliminate smoking in the home was revived the other day when the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a proposal to prohibit lit tobacco products in the apartments and indoor common areas of the countrys public housing system. Several cities have already implemented these policies on their own. In July, the commissioners of Philadelphias Housing Authority, where 55 percent of tenants were said to favor smoke-free housing, voted unanimously to ban smoking. Housing authorities in Houston and Boston had adopted similar restrictions. New York, home to the largest and most complex public housing system, has not.


Feds look to ban smoking in public housing across the country
ConsumerAffairs - November 12, 2015

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently trying to pass a federal law that would make smoking illegal in all public housing across the country. While this would not apply to electronic cigarettes, an addendum could be made in the future to include them in the rule as well. It is estimated that the change ...


ACLU, public housing residents want to extinguish proposed smoking ban
FOX 8 News WVUE-TV - November 12, 2015

The federal agency says breaking the smoke-free policy would fall under a lease violation, which could be grounds for eviction. "You can't put a person out their ...


One million American households could be smoke-free under new ban
ObserverLeader.com (blog) - November 13, 2015

Decades after the federal government stopped fairly funding public housing, NY City Housing Authority roofs leak and mold grows aplenty while 400,000 ...


Government looks to ban smoking in public housing
News8000.com - WKBT - November 13, 2015

The federal government on Thursday proposed to ban smoking at public housing -- inside and out -- nationwide, The Associated Press reported.


'Ban Smoking' Means 'Evict Defiant Smokers'
Bloomberg View - November 12, 2015

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