Smoking ban takes effect at all Philadelphia public housing

A smoking ban has gone into effect in all Philadelphia public housing. The ban starting Tuesday applies inside homes and on public-housing property except in designated outdoor areas.

It affects about 80,000 residents in the nation’s fourth-largest public housing system.

Philadelphia’s policy follows similar moves around the country. Officials cited a poll showing about one-third of residents smoke or live with a smoker while 55 percent support a smoking ban.

Some residents are upset with the ban, saying they pay rent and should be able to do as they please.

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Violations in existing buildings will be asked to attend counseling. Leaseholders could face eviction from new buildings after a fourth violation.

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