Smoke-Free Housing 2.0
Allentown bans smoking in public housing
Allentown Housing Authority becomes second HUD agency in state to ban smoking.
By Matt Assad, of The Morning Call
10:38 p.m. EDT, July 3, 2012
If you live in Allentown public housing, you can still smoke ''em if you got ''em, but starting this week, you''ll have to take ''em outside. The Allentown Housing Authority has become only the second public housing authority in Pennsylvania to ban smoking in its buildings. The new ban applies to all of the authority''s more than 1,200 housing units and common areas. It doesn''t forbid residents from smoking but forces them to smoke outside at least 10 feet from all authority buildings.
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Smoking officially snuffed out in county housingBakersfield, CA (Published: 7/02)
Huston says he''s been smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day for 40 years. He''s lived in the Plaza Towers apartments on Wilson Road for five years, so he feels banning smoking inside the building is outrageous. "If I’m in my apartment, who''s going to smell my secondhand smoke? Nobody," he said, as he lit a cigarette.
The Housing Authority of the County of Kern, known as HACK, is banned smoking on all of its properties starting this month. HACK''s Deputy Director Patricia Norris says the ban should not come as a surprise to tenants. HACK gave residents a chance to speak at its March and April meetings after notices were sent. The Housing Board voted 5-1 to ban smoking. Now, residents can only smoke 15 feet away from the building. Full article here.