Subsidized housing residents not happy about HUD smoke ban proposal

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Seeing people smoking near public housing may be a thing of the past if a new rule goes into effect that’s been proposed by The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

What they’re hoping for is to make properties that fall under their jurisdiction smoke free, which would impact more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country. Under the new rule, should it go into effect, it would ban all smoking inside residences, in indoor common areas, as well as in administrative buildings.

In a statement HUD secretary Julian Castro justified the proposal by saying;

We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases.

But that’s not how all see it. Angelica Felix of New Haven said she lives in government subsidized housing and in her view should the new rule be implemented it will infringe on people’s right to smoke if they choose too.

“There’s no need to take it away, it’s they’re personal life,” said Felix. “They don’t need to change it because they have section 8.”

Under the proposal smoking would also be banned outdoors within 25-feet of administrative and housing structures. The public has 60 days to offer their thoughts on the rule. The nation’s surgeon general has also come out in support of the move.

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