- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Housing Authority has adopted a universal smoking ban that affects 80,000 residents.

The policy adopted Thursday takes effect Aug. 5 and follows similar moves around the country.

Officials in Philadelphia say a poll shows that about one-third of residents smoke or live with a smoker while 55 percent support a smoking ban.

Vice chairman Herbert Wetzel tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://goo.gl/cJIFXN) that officials and residents worked together for months on the new policy.

The plan bans smoking both inside homes and on public-housing property except in designated outdoor areas.

Violations in existing buildings will be asked to attend counseling.

However, leaseholders could face eviction from new buildings after a fourth violation.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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