All public housing now smoke-free

Smoking Ban for Public Housing

(WFXG) - A new rule prohibiting smoking in public housing complexes nationwide went into effect July 31. The rule comes from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD has been working toward smoke-free housing since November 2016. In a statement, a representative said it is all part of making sure we have healthy communities throughout our country.

The Augusta Housing Authority notified residents of the upcoming change back in January. They gave fliers to residents explaining that the premises would be smoke-free in July. Now that that is a reality, some residents are unhappy. In order to be able to smoke, they have to be at least 25 feet away from the property. They said it makes them feel like they are children, and they wish they could do as they please in their own home.

People who live close to public housing said they see residents walk to nearby gas stations, convenience stores and even cemeteries to have a smoke. Ultimately, residents who smoke are unhappy about the inconvenience they now experience whenever they need a cigarette.

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