Houston implements new smoke-free policy inside public housing

Rule applies to Houston Housing Authority residents and visitors

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - The Houston Housing Authority has implemented a new smoke-free policy that will affect anyone living or visiting one of the 25 units in Houston. 

The city said in a statement the new rules are meant to protect non-smokers, especially children, from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. 

About 5,500 families currently living in HHA properties, staff and guests will not be allowed to light up inside their units, in the common areas, in offices or within 25 feet of the main entryways.

The policy starts on Monday and is already getting mixed reviews from residents.

"That's not good, that's not good at all," said Georgiane Daniels. "You have lost your freedom.  You pay the bills you should be able to do what you want."

"A lot of times when I go to get on the elevator, if I step in and smell smoke, I get out and take the stairs," said Paul Lowe.

He thinks the new rules are a good idea and said the apartment complex where his mother-in-law lives is offering programs to help residents stop smoking. 

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