Plans to Prohibit Smoking in Public Housing Has Residents Fired Up

By Brenda Flanagan

“Oh, wow. Not good,” said Jeannie Gonzalez.

At Newark’s Pennington Court and Stephen Crane Village — both public housing complexes — smokers got huffy when they heard about the federal proposal to ban smoking, not just inside all public housing hallways, but even inside their own apartments.

“That’s the only place left now, because everywhere else you can’t smoke,” she said.

“You can’t smoke inside a bar; that’s different because that’s a bar. But inside of your home you should be able to smoke,” said Shalena Williams.

“Public housing should go smoke free,” said Julian Castro.

Castro, Director of Housing and Urban Development, announced the proposed prohibition yesterday. He cited several benefits among them saving kids and elderly tenants from inhaling dangerous secondhand smoke. The CDC reports that while about 17 percent of all adults smoke, the rate climbs to more than 26 percent in adults living below the poverty level.

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