Smoking is banned in public housing across the country as of July 30, 2018.
You cannot use:
- cigars, pipes, and
- hookahs (water pipes).
- Your housing authority may have banned Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), too.
You cannot use tobacco products:
- in any public housing units,
- interior common areas, or
- outdoor areas within 25 feet of residential and office buildings (but see the next item).
- Your housing authority may have banned smoking in other areas, too, or may have made the entire grounds smoke-free.
Interior common areas include, but are not limited to:
- rental and administrative offices,
- community centers,
- day care centers,
- laundry centers,
- and similar structures.
You will have to:
- sign a lease amendment if you want to continue to live in public housing, and
- make sure that all members of your household, your guests and other persons under your control do not smoke in restricted areas or in outdoor areas designated smoke-free.
You could be evicted if you break the no-smoking rules. You would be violating a provision of your lease.
If you are facing eviction for breaking this rule, apply online for free legal assistance or call LARC at 800-639-5290.
Get free help to quit smoking from:
- National Quitline: 1-800-Quitnow
- American Lung Association Tobacco Quitline: 1-800-LUNGUSA
- American Cancer Society, Get Help Quitting Tobacco