Public housing goes non-smoking

The federal agency mandated everyone make this change in 2016.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 4:46 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 7:13 PM

Huntsville's public housing is banning smoking starting Monday. The federal agency mandated everyone make this change in 2016.

Wesley Hubbert who lives in public housing was excited to hear about Huntsville Housing Authority’s no smoking ordinance.

"My wife and I are expecting our first child. and she doesn't like to be around smoke, doesn't need to be around smoke. I think overall it's going to be great for this area this community here, he said.

Starting Monday, no one can smoke inside any of Huntsville Housing Authority's homes. In addition, you can't smoke within 25 feet of any public housing entrances, administrative offices or maintenance facilities.

That's something Kristina Briggs who also lives in doesn't agree with.

"It just don't make no sense to make people go 25 feet from the door. You're paying rent out here, so why do you have to go somewhere out of where you're paying rent?," she said.

Hubbert thinks the new rules will make the housing nicer.

"It definitely effects a lot when smoking is in a house. It effects obviously the smell but it affects what it does to the walls. The cleanliness. And like I said just the overall health for all family members."

The Huntsville Housing Authority also outlined the consequences if you break them. If you or anyone visiting your home violates them three times, you need to take a course or face eviction. After the third time the housing authority will evict you.

Although Briggs doesn't agree with the rules, she knows to follow them.

"It's part of we all got rules we have to follow. So it's part of you breaking the rules if you get caught," she said.

Huntsville Housing Authority is going non-smoking on Monday that's one day before all public housing agencies are required to implement the new rule.

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