- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - The city of Auburn in central New York is considering a ban on smoking in public housing complexes, joining a growing national trend.

A total of 326 apartments would be affected by the ban as of Sept. 1 if the Auburn Housing Authority enacts it. A public hearing is scheduled Monday afternoon, followed by a vote of the authority’s commissioners.

Stephanie Hutchinson, authority director, tells the Auburn Citizen (https://bit.ly/1vOFcIU ) that health and safety were the main reasons for the ban. Non-smoking residents are often exposed to second-hand smoke from other apartments.

One violation would result in a warning, with an appealable eviction after a second offense.

The state of Maine bans smoking in all subsidized housing units. Some cities also have bans, including Toledo and Houston, and Boston has one in the works.


Information from: The Citizen, https://www.auburnpub.com

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