Local Reaction From Nationwide Smoking Ban

NYCHA tenants already dealing with lead paint and toxic mold now hit with smoking ban

An unidentified resident smokes outside the Manhattanville Houses in Harlem on Monday

The rule is created to protect people in public housing from secondhand smoke.

Resident can still smoke but, if they want to, they need to be at least 25 feet away from the building.

In December 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development passed a ruling requiring all housing authorities to have a smoke-free policy in place by July 31, 2018.

"Smoking actually damages the units, whether it's the paint or the cabinets", he said. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have not been banned but may be in the future.

Theoretically at least, NY has been a smokeless city for years now: Officials began a cigarette crackdown in the late 1980s, eventually banning smoking in restaurants and bars in 2002 and select outdoor spaces in 2011, including public parks, where enforcement is nearly non-existent.

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Lambton Public Health Supervisor Erin Courtney says test results received Tuesday confirmed the bird was infected. The Kansas health department said about 1 in 150 people infected develop a more serious version of the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that about one-third of multi-unit housing residents reported experiencing secondhand smoke that involuntarily entered their home from other areas on their building. "They have more things to fix than telling somebody they can't smoke", Robinson said.

Because the rule is a part of tenant's leases, residents of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority communities must sign a lease addendum between July 20 and July 30.

In Fort Worth, the ban will go into effect starting Wednesday, according to Fort Worth Housing Solutions president Mary-Margaret Lemons.

The American Lung Association said this will protect close to twomillion Americans from secondhand smoke exposure in their homes.

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