Smoking ban for public housing sparks backlashIf public housing is for the poor, then how can they afford $5 to $10 a pack in big cities to smoke?
From the Hill:
Homeless advocates and public health officials are squaring off over a controversial Obama administration proposal to ban smoking in government-assisted housing projects.
The smoking ban has drawn praise from health officials who say it would spare non-smokers from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. But homeless advocates are enraged by the proposal, which they fear could force low-income residents who can’t kick the habit out of their homes.
“We are extremely concerned that this rule will create additional homelessness,” said John Lozier, executive director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
“Our primary concern about this policy is the fate of those who are unable to quit smoking and are evicted for this lease violation,” he added. “Evictions create homelessness."
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, which declined to comment, sent the rule to the White House's Office of Management and Budget earlier this week for approval.
The smoking ban would apply to lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Residents would be prohibited from smoking not only in their homes but also in hallways, on balconies and porches and anywhere else within 25 feet of the apartment building.I smoked a pack a day for 18 years and then quit 29 years ago. I was stupid. I ignored the Surgeon General report in 1964 and four or five years later took up smoke
No one under 70 should smoke because we were warned.
And if you can afford smokes, you can afford rent.