HUD smoking ban in Greensboro. launched

GREENSBORO, NC – All homes and land under the Greensboro Housing Authority are now smoke and tobacco free.

  • The regulations come after the Department of Housing and Urban Development decided to make all public housing and a 25-foot radius smoke-free
  • Individual agencies across the country could decide whether to extend the smoking ban
  • In a statement, the Greensboro Housing Authority said they are currently unable to create designated smoking areas due to a lack of funds

The regulations come after the Department of Housing and Urban Development decided to make all public housing and a 25-foot radius smoke-free.

Individual agencies across the country could decide whether to expand the smoke-free regulations. Some options were to set up a designated smoking area or to completely ban smoking in the property.

Some local residents understand government regulations but are frustrated with the lack of options.

“We pay rent like non-smokers in this building. We only ask for a smoking area. We don’t want to have to go out on the streets to smoke our cigarettes,” said Sharon Davis. She lives on the Gateway Plaza property.

In a statement, the Greensboro Housing Authority said they are currently unable to set up designated smoking areas due to a lack of funds.

According to the HUD website, smokers are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act.

Property managers are not allowed to discriminate against smokers, but they can make their buildings and properties smoke free.

GHA said, “The ultimate benefit for residents is a healthier, safer environment with cleaner air and a drastically reduced risk of secondhand smoke.”

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