Smoking ban in standardized public housing


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Florida — Floridians living in standardized public housing may be soon be ban from smoking, as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro has introduced a smoke-free policy in HUD-affiliated public housing authorities nationwide.

The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF), the state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program, has been working to educate public and private housing managers about the benefits of smoke-free policies for over three years and is encouraged by this development.

The bureau’s list of multiunit properties that have enacted voluntary smoke-free policies has grown to more than 1,000 properties since tracking began in 2010. Public housing units have also been making the change.

“Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to children and adults,” Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Officer for DOH-Seminole said. “For residents of multiunit housing, secondhand smoke can be a major concern.”

Ocala Post reached out to officials and asked what the penalty would be if a resident broke the rules.

Ron Davis, Tobacco Policy Manager in Tallahassee said, “The intention is to protect occupants from exposure to secondhand smoke. Each Public Housing Authority has their own guidelines and procedures. Essentially, it is up to the Public Housing Authority to determine how to handle violations. In the announcement from HUD, Secretary Castro said eviction is a last resort.”

Ocala Post also asked if those living in government housing could be drug tested, but an answer was not received by the time this article was published.

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  • urchittingme

    Smok’em if you got’em. But pay your full rent

    • harry

      if your disabled and can’t work? your a self centered pos

      • urchittingme

        Hey look here you asswipe…if you can afford that expensive habit you can put more towards your rent..unfortunately your keyboard fingers aren’t disabled

        • harry

          hey chit4brains, I smoke 1 pack per month, I don’t smoke every day. but i’m still considered a ‘smoker’/ so I guess that makes you an alcoholic right?

  • Ocala native

    They can’t keep the dope out of gubment housing what makes them think they can keep cigarettes out. How about they try and keep the able bodied and capable to work young black men out of public housing?

    • Toni Lopez

      Why do you have to say black men….you think white people dont live in public housing??? Lol please you better do your research…i feel sorry for you i really do but i will definitly laugh one day when im reading a post about you….oh and government is not spelled gubment…..idiot.

      • Ocala native

        Ok now I understand who I’m talking to, you are Obviously a New Yorican living in Marion Oaks so I will explain this to you. Gubment is a word used primarily by people living in government housing and getting free food we (hillbillys) paid for. As far as your education it’s obviuos to everyone reading your post how much you have.

        • Toni Lopez

          Obviously more than you….and no im not from new york and i dont live in marion oaks but nice try….and you must live in goverment housing you sure know alot about it….well unlike you i have a job so goodnight….I’ll probably be paying your rent next month….just sucks to know my money goes to a ASSHOLE like YOU.

          • Ocala native

            New York New Jersey, Marion Oaks Shores all the same. Have fun today at Waffle House.

          • Toni Lopez

            Yes…waffle house….i thought i new you…ur the one always begging for food at the back door….its ok u can still come get ur food.

    • harry

      the gov’t doesn’t have the constitutional right to tell people they can’t use drugs. there are no amendments that give them that power. humans have the human right to ingest anything they want, it’s only if they do something, which is less then 10% of users do something, then bust them, if not, your violating human rights

  • danny

    Amazing how bad this site is. This site os never first to report. Days go by and same articles. Yahoo news has a missing child in marion county on front page and our local news has nothing on it. Who ever runs this site should be ashamed of themselves.

  • william friss

    Yes drug testing should be mandatory and randum, i.e. no prior notice when to be tested. Further, checks need to be made randomly on who is staying in these housing units. Any nonauthorized persons found, even if alleged overnight guest, should be grounds for termination of housing status for the person on the lease. Its obvious the drug dealing is rampant in housing as is the violence and the vast majority of violators is young males not on the housing lease but who live with the woman in the housing paid for by tax payors. Time to stop the bullshit.

    • Toni Lopez

      I know you aint talking with the criminal record that you have….so stop your bullshit.

      • william friss

        Yes Toni Lopez i am. Got a problem with that. I dont believe our tax dollars should be spent supporting low life scum drug dealers in housing projects. If the women want a nonworking lazy POS then they need to go to a home not supported by tax dollars.

        • Toni Lopez

          Yes i do have a problem with that! I personally don’t give a rats ass because i have a job and pay my own mortgage..but to kick someone out of there home for smoking a cigarette is not right….and it’s a shame how you turned this post into something it’s not…this is about cigarettes, not drugs or drug dealing….so dont make this into something it’s not.

          • Ocala native

            Your missing the point here, it’s not THERE home, it’s the tax payers home and we’re letting them live there if they abide by our rules. If you rent a home and it says no pets or smokers then those are the rules. Not that hard to follow.

          • Toni Lopez

            No…your missing the point it says people living in…not people moving in….i can understand this for being applied to new tenants but not to some one who’s already there and been smoking since they moved in….how can the goverment come to some one’s house and all of a sudden say no more smoking or you will get kicked out…thats bullshit…

          • Ocala native

            Your kinda pig headed aren’t you? It’s not there house, if I rent you a home you do as I ask whether you been there 5 years or just moving in.

          • Toni Lopez

            If you rent me a house and YOU alow me to smoke in it for 5 years and then you suddenly change your mind then ur a idiot……and im gonna KEEP smoking and if you try to kick me out then i will burn ur shit to the ground….so fuck you and ur pos ass house!!!!

          • Ocala native

            We see what kind of white trash foul mouth you are, you’ve probably spent quite a few nights in public housing layed up with the same guys were trying to keep out.

          • Toni Lopez

            Lol…no Bitch i own my house thank you very much…i dont need to beg for shit from anyone…..and once again you silly hillbilly this post is about cigarettes….got it???? I think not you probably didn’t make it past the 6th grade….but its ok i understand…bye fool.

          • harry

            f/off pos

        • harry

          and what about us disabled people, we don’t have the same rights? f/off

  • harry

    a bunch of big brother loving commentators here. question, are police officers drug tested when they discharge their firearm when on duty? because these are actions that can kill people

    • Toni Lopez

      Finally….someone with some commen sense.

  • John Staackman

    I live in a second floor unit with a chain smoker below me. The stench is awful. It gets into my apart around plumbing, electrical outlets, etc. I would welcome any attempt to curtail this.

    How does someone in public housing have money to chain smoke all day and night? I hear cigarettes aren’t cheap.

    • harry

      less rights for the poor

  • harry

    if your poor or disabled, you have less rights in America