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Do you smoke and live in public housing?

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Smoking is banned in public housing across the country as of July 30, 2018.

You cannot use:

  • cigarettes,
  • 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:

  • hallways,
  • 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 603 Legal Aid at 800-639-5290.

Get free help to quit smoking from:

August 2018
Adapted from The National Housing Law Project

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