The ban was first announced back in November 2016, but housing agencies had until July 31, 2018 to enact the ban.
The rule is created to protect people in public housing from secondhand smoke. WATCH an excerpt from Monday's rollout presentation NYCHA says it's meeting a federal deadline that requires all public housing nationwide to go smoke-free by this week.
She says it can linger in rooms and travel between homes in multi-unit housing.
If you live in public housing, you must smoke at least 25 feet away from properties, and housing authorities even have the option of banning it completely.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently conducted research that found most multi-unit housing residents had smoke-free homes, but almost one-third of those residents said cigarette smoke from other areas of the building often entered their apartments. "But they won't stop, but they might stop smoking around here".
Keep in mind, it doesn't apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco. The Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Association buildings have been smoking free since April 2017.
"I don't agree with it because we rent our own units, and we're not allowed to smoke in the units; we're not allowed to smoke on our balconies", Minor said.
"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. Tenants with repeated violations could be evicted, according to HUD's website.