- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A public housing apartment complex with 170 residents on Green Bay’s west side has gone smoke-free.

Press-Gazette Media reports (https://gbpg.net/1rizLi5 ) Green Bay housing and fire officials announced the change at Mason Manor on Wednesday as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

Green Bay Metro Fire Lt. Nick Craig says careless smoking is a leading cause of deadly fires in residential properties. He says the Mason Manor smoking ban will improve residents’ safety and health.

The 154-unti building houses people who qualify for assistance through the Green Bay Housing Authority. The authority has also banned smoking in its single-family properties.

Housing officials decided to go smoke-free last year and notified residents that the change would take effect this year. Residents now must smoke at least 25 feet from the building.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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