Smoking Ban In All Public Housing Starts July 31

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Residents of public housing across the US have filed lawsuits fighting the ban, claiming the ban is arbitrary and is an abuse of HUD's discretion.

As part of a national ban on all lit tobacco products - such as cigarettes, cigars, and pipes - it's now prohibited to smoke within 25 feet of public housing and their administrative office buildings.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created a no-smoking policy to stop the spread of second hand smoke in multi-unit buildings that went into effect today.

The smoking ban is drawing a mixed reaction.

Connie West, who is a Salisbury resident said she has to stand in the street to smoke and it's an inconvenience.

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Kathy Maddox tells us that she think the ban is a good idea environmentally but "I think our community where we live, we should be able to do what we want".

Residents are fuming at the new policies stating it's not fair they will be monitored in their homes.

The new rule was initially announced in 2016, but HUD gave all federally-owned public housing units until July 30 to implement it.

"There's more issues than just smoking inside somebody's home".

They say this will help with health issues regarding second-hand smoking. The Decatur Housing Authority said the ban is a positive movement.

The Feds say this ban reduces health hazards from second hand smoke.

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