Smoking ban in all public housing takes effect nationwide

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HUD announced in November 2016 that all federally-owned public housing must be smokefree by July 30, 2018.

Mother Ursula Pritchett said while she is always concerned about her kids' health, she feels the rule may be a little too intrusive. The statement added, "hookah involves combustion and hookah smoke exposes users to numerous same toxicants found in cigarette smoke". "It shouldn't be an issue, in my eyes, but I don't smoke".

A US Department of Housing and Urban Development rule requiring all federally-owned public housing to become smoke free goes into effect today (July 30).

If tenants violate the ban, they will receive a warning and then have their lease terminated on the next offense.

The ban was created by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, but it's the city's job to enforce it.

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There's a new ban that's got a lot of people talking. "Them trying to tell you you can't smoke in your apartment or wherever", Tequita Brown said. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

The policy also extends to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings. Housing authorities, including Memphis, have said they have met with tenants and will work with people to kick the habit.

Local and federal officials cite health concerns for residents and costs dealing with maintenance and fire fix as factors that led to HUD's final decision.

In Richmond however, prohibited tobacco products include all forms electronic cigarettes - defined as any electronic device that provides a vapor of liquid nicotine. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.

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