Public housing nationwide goes smoke-free on Tuesday

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

But eviction after just one violation "is not grounds for eviction", and smoking on public housing premises is a civil violation, not a crime, the agency said in setting guidelines for local enforcement.

In November 2016, then U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced the effort to provide all public housing residents, including children, with a "safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke". "But they won't stop, but they might stop smoking around here".

The new policy prevents cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookah pipes inside public housing units, administrative offices and in outdoor areas within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.

According to the release, smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a "lease violation".

The ban will affect more than 940,000 public housing units across the country, according to HUD.

Officials say the new rule is to help stop people from being exposed to secondhand smoke. Jim Alpi, the executive director of the city's housing authority, said they've had to come up a policy for more than 400 homes. Not only does smoking impact the smoker, but HUD is hoping to reduce the amount of exposure of secondhand smoke to others.

Wells says banning smoking not only benefits the people who live there, but keeps the building itself cleaner.

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