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Public housing complexes go smoke-free

Associated Press • Dec 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The Blade reported the tobacco-free policy adopted by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority’s board of directors in June follows a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It urged public housing authorities as well as the owners and managers of multifamily housing rental assistance programs to prohibit smoking in their properties.

The change affects about 850 of the 3,100 units managed by the housing authority, which operates 25 public housing developments in the county.

Under the new policy, smoking is not permitted in any rooms of apartments or common areas in the buildings.

Areas outside the buildings will be designated for resident smoking.

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