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Smoking ban to go in effect for public housing July 31

Smoking ban to go in effect for public housing July 31

HUD says all public housing associations must have a smoke-free policy in place by Tuesday, July 31.

The ban on smoking products must be included in public housing tenants' leases, HUD says. "Then, there would probably be an issue if they get caught smoking cigarettes - then there's the fine, paying money, or being put out.but, to each his own".

According to the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, it affects more than 940,000 public housing units around the country.

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

If you live in public housing, you must smoke at least 25 feet away from properties, and housing authorities even have the option of banning it completely.

The new smoking ban provides an extra level of protection. In South Dakota, nearly 3000 people live in public housing, but the rule is nothing new in KOTA Territory.

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So far, HUD said about 600 of its public housing agencies have already implemented smoke-free policies.

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

"So, they had 45 days to talk about it".

Keep in mind, it doesn't apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco.

The Housing and Urban Development website's guide for local housing authorities includes strict procedures. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about.

MHA said it won't be going door to door acting as the smoke police, but if residents are seen smoking in their units or near them, they'll be talked to by management.

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