Public housing goes smoke-free

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There are more than 1100 public housing units in Lexington, and as of Tuesday, they are all smoke-free.

It’s part of a new federal mandate.

No one is allowed to smoke inside public housing, and if smoking outside, must stay at least 25 feet away from the building.

The rule includes smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes and anything else that involves burning tobacco leaves. Electronic cigarettes are allowed.

The Lexington Housing Authority says this will cut down on repair costs associated with smoking, and will make the units healthier places to live.

The housing authority says people will face eviction if they do not follow the rule, and are caught, three times.

The health department is offering free smoking cessation classes for anyone needing help to beat nicotine addiction.

More information on the classes can be found here.

To learn more about the non-smoking rule, click here.

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