Rule takes effect banning smoking in public housing

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Smokers won't be able to light up in or near public housing starting July 31.

According to the ban, residents will not be allowed to smoke inside public housing buildings, or anywhere within 25 feet of a building.

The city's public housing buildings are now smoke-free. New Yorkers can lose their apartment if they violate the smoking ban. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

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The American Lung Association in OH says the ruling will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children.

The Feds say this ban reduces health hazards from second hand smoke. As part of the new Smoke-Free NYCHA policy, smoking cessation materials and palm cards are being made available to any resident seeking help thanks to NYCHA's partnership with DOHMH, NYC Smoke-Free and other partners. To that effect, the encouragement will be underlined by stringent guidelines: Tenants could face eviction for violation of these rules - though first offenses will be forgiven. Approximately 18 months ago, HUD's proposed smoke-free rule required the more than 3,100 public housing agencies nationwide to implement smoke-free policies in their developments by July 30, 2018.

The federal ban will save public agencies an estimated $153 million every year in costs related to health care due to secondhand smoke, as well as repairs and losses from preventable fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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