Public housing agencies must have a smoke free policy in place

03 August, 2018, 10:16 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • The Gompers Houses a NYCHA public housing development as seen from the Williamsburg Bridge

"And they could overcome this, so I want to work with them to make this as painless as it can be in a hard situation for those that are addicted to smoking", Mayeaux said. As such, it is now illegal to use cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookahs within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.

"We applaud HUD for also including waterpipe/hookah tobacco in its smoke-free policy", the group said in a statement.

What do you think about the new ban, will residents comply or risk getting evicted?

Between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died from exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a report from the U.S. Surgeon General.

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"It's to protect elderly - because there is elderly on oxygen - from secondhand smoke, staff from second hand smoke, children and families from second hand smoke, said Ince". The initiative is meant to provide healthier homes to residents and healthier working environments for employees, according to an announcement from the New York City Housing Authority. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco, although there may be restrictions on those in some areas.

The same source said tenants have been brought into housing offices to sign an addendum on their leases, stipulating they will follow HUD's latest policy. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about.

"When you share a wall with someone, whatever is going on in your apartment is going to go next door", said Flowers Court Apartments manager Erica Bobo. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.

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