New Rules for Smokers in Public Housing After Government Ban

 


Smokers in public housing throughout the United States woke up to a nasty surprise recently. The new HUD Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule states that smokers can no longer smoke cigarettes in their homes or anywhere on their property if they live in public housing. We believe that being informed is extremely important especially during difficult situations like this. So, for all of our fellow smokers who woke up to this unpleasant reality, we offer a comprehensive guide to understanding HUD’s new ban on burning tobacco and explain why they ARE still allowing the use of e-cigarettes.

 

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A GUIDE TO HUD’S SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC HOUSING RULE 

 

Q) Where can I find the HUD Smoke-Free Rule for myself?

 

A) The complete Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule can be found on HUD’S website by clicking HERE. If reading the complete 55-page description of these new rules and regulations is not for you, there is a HUD provided quick guide you can find by clicking HERE.

 


Q) What type of housing is affected by HUD’s Smoke-Free Rule?

 

A)  First, it is important to keep in mind that it is a federal rule. This means that, regardless of what state you are living in, if you live in public housing you are probably affected by these new regulations. According to HUD, there are however a couple of exceptions.

 

What HUD Says: 

 

“The rule covers public housing units, including scattered site and single-family properties.
The rule excludes dwelling units in mixed-finance projects and does not apply to housing
assisted under Section 8, PHA properties that have converted to project-based rental
assistance contracts under the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, or tribal housing.
HUD continues to encourage excluded properties to voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies.”

 

So, basically, if you are on Section 8 you are probably not affected by the new rules. Your landlord may prohibit smoking where you live, but they are not required to do so by the new regulations. However, if you are on almost any other type of government housing assistance then your dwelling is probably covered by this new law.


Q) What types of products are included in the “Smoke-Free” rule?

 

A)  HUD is restricting the use of prohibited tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and water pipes (hookahs). What they are not banning is the use of electronic cigarettes on the premises; however, they do say that some large cloud creating devices can still cause issues that public housing authorities would like to avoid. With that in mind, HUD has stated that if a public housing unit wants to make rules against electronic nicotine devices being used it is permitted for them to do so. Check with your housing unit to make sure you are complying OR simply use an e-cigarette that cannot be easily detected because it produces a low cloud of vapor. Being discreet when using your e-cig should help to ensure that you are not bothering other residents of the building by drawing undue attention to your nicotine habit. 

 

**Of course, our suggestion for a low-cloud, discreet nicotine delivery system is the A Clean Cigarette cig-a-like. Our simple easy to use product leaves no trace of smell or cloud in your living dwelling while delivering the satisfying throat hit, taste and feel that smokers need from their cigarette. Tap the A Clean Cigarette Logo below or click on the link to our Webpage to shop now. If you would like to see what our customers say about A Clean Cigarette Click Here for video testimonies from unpaid actual A Clean Cigarette customers. Scroll to the bottom of this page for great money-saving deals to help you make the switch or you can also check out our Blog page for news and additional information. 


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Q)  Will E-cigarettes trigger the smoke alarm in my Public Housing unit?

 

A)  A quality, low-cloud, cig-a-like product like the one A Clean Cigarette provides will not set off smoke alarms when used as directed. That being said, larger tank-style vape units or MODS can in some cases trigger a smoke alarm with their large vapor clouds. Because of this, we believe the best solution for a smoker in public housing is to stick with small, low-cloud, electronic cigarettes like the high-quality cig-a-likes offered by A Clean Cigarette. 

 


Q)  Does this ban include the smoking of Marijuana or Weed in my public housing living unit?

 

A)  For this one, we will copy and paste directly from HUD’s own words. We are not lawyers, and while we want to offer this guide resource to smokers, we do not want to unintentionally pass on bad information. Before using any form of marijuana, medical or not, be sure to check with your housing authority about your locations specific rules. 

 

What HUD says: 

 

“Lease provisions and policies cannot affirmatively
permit occupancy by marijuana users, but PHAs have discretion
to determine, on a case-by-case basis, when it is appropriate to
terminate tenancy or assistance based on marijuana use.

In summary, federal and state nondiscrimination laws do not
require PHAs to accommodate requests by residents with
disabilities to use medical marijuana. In fact, under federal
law, PHAs cannot grant such requests. That said, PHAs retain
discretion whether to terminate tenancy or assistance of current
residents who engage in the use of marijuana.”

 “Nothing about this proposed rule is intended change any requirements regarding the use of marijuana
in federally-subsidized housing”


Q) Does the New HUD Smoke-Free Rule cover outdoor areas of my Public Housing complex or rental property? 

 

A)  According to HUD, it does include outdoor areas that are within 25 feet of the public housing complexes. This means you cannot even step out onto your balcony to smoke. In order to have a burning tobacco cigarette, you must now go at least 25 feet from all doors and public housing buildings. If the complex is less than 25 feet from the property line they can require you to go 25 feet past the property line. Public housing officials also have the ability under this new rule to make other outdoor areas such as parks and common areas more than 25 feet from their building Smoke-Free Zones. 

 

Public housing officials can however create designated smoking areas as long as they are past the 25-foot buffer zone. Those areas can, but are not required to, have partially enclosed smoking areas for tenants to use. Public housing officials can also opt to make the entire premises Smoke-Free which would then require the smoker to be 25 feet from the premises to smoke. 

 


Q: Does the new HUD Smoke-Free Rule supersede my State’s current smoking laws.

 

A. Yes and No. If your state’s laws are MORE strict than the new HUD rules public housing officials must comply with all state requirements even if they are not required by HUD. However, if your state either does not have Smoke-Free laws or the laws that are in effect are not up to the same standards as HUD’s rules then complying with HUD’s new Smoke-Free rule will be required if you live in a Public Housing dwelling. 

 

So, no your state laws won’t go away, but you will still need to follow HUD’S new rules.

 


Q: So where am I not allowed to smoke the prohibited tobacco products?

 

A: Here are the smoke-free areas of HUD public housing: 

 

  • In the apartment or dwelling

  • In any common areas inside or outside that are not designated smoking areas

  • Anywhere closer to a public housing building than 25 feet

  • On balconies or porches less than 25 feet from any building

  • Less then 25 feet from the property line if the entire property is deemed smoke free by the public housing authorities responsible for the property. 

  • Anywhere except designated smoking areas which are not a required service. So, if your unit does not offer one you will most likely need to leave the premises altogether. 

 


Q) Can I smoke in my car parked in the parking lot?

 

A) The short answer is not if that car is within 25 feet of any Smoke-Free designated area. Some property managers may let you slide on this, but some may not. Check with the officials at your complex to confirm what their policy states. 

 


Q:  What happens if I get caught smoking in my public housing unit or in a smoke-free area of my public housing complex?

 

A: Alright so again we are going to do some copy and pasting to ensure that we are giving you the best information we can. Here is a screen clip of a few samples HUD provided showing enforcement policies in a couple major city complexes: 

 

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This is from Hud’s Guidebook on Smoke-Free Public housing.

Now according to HUD there are actually a few steps that Public Housing Authorities can take but these steps are only suggestions:

 

  • Referral to smoking cessation services

  • Verbal warning (s)

  • Written warning (s)

  • Final notice

  • Eviction proceedings

We can see from the examples above that not all of these steps are used by all Public Housing Officials. In fact, on the example of Boston above, there are only 2 set steps, the second step ending in possible eviction. 

 


Q) Why can I use an electronic cigarette but not use other prohibited tobacco products?

 

A) It’s hard to say exactly what the folks at HUD were thinking when they did not include e-cigarettes, but we appreciate that they were able to keep an open mind and really look at the facts around these products. The main reason we are called A Clean Cigarette is that e-cigarettes are just cleaner than burning tobacco. There is no dirty ash and no need for butt-filled ashtrays. There is no tar that coats walls and ceilings with a nasty yellow film. Tar creates a nasty film that is almost impossible to remove and often needs to be painted over at great cost to property managers. Since e-cigarettes are not lit on fire, they also will not burn holes in the carpet. Plus, don’t forget the stink associated with burning tobacco. You won’t find stink like that in e-cigarettes. In fact, if you choose a low-cloud discreet brand of electronic cigarette there is almost no smell. The e-cigarette has given smokers satisfying options for cleaner nicotine delivery, and this is good for the smokers themselves as well as the people, places, and things around them.

 

**Of course, our suggestion for a cleaner nicotine delivery system is the A Clean Cigarette cig-a-like. Our simple easy to use product leaves no trace of smell or cloud in your living dwelling while delivering the throat hit, taste and feel that smokers need from their cigarette. Tap the A Clean Cigarette Logo above to find our Website for more information. If you would like to see what our customers say about A Clean Cigarette Click Here for video testimonies from unpaid actual A Clean Cigarette customers. Scroll to the bottom of the page for great money-saving deals to help you switch.


Q) If I have more questions where should I go for answers? 

 

A: The first thing we suggest is to contact your Public Housing Official or Property Manager. They will know exactly what policies are enacted at your location.

 

If however, you are looking for more online sources, the complete Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule can be found on HUD’S website by clicking HERE. If reading legalese is not for you, there is a HUD provided quick guide you can find by clicking HERE.


Q) What are my rights?

 

A) Again we are not lawyers, and I won’t tell you what you should and should not do. However, I will say that from reading this document when it comes to smoking on Public Housing property you have very few options. You can either:

 

1) Keep smoking inside your home or in other Smoke-Free areas and get evicted.

2) Go 25 feet from all Smoke-Free areas every single time you want your nicotine.

3) Quit smoking and quit nicotine altogether.

4) OR switch to a burning tobacco alternative such as an A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarette to get your nicotine from the comfort of your own home.

 

***Of course if you are looking for options, our suggestion for an alternative to burning tobacco is the A Clean Cigarette cig-a-like. Our simple easy to use product leaves no trace of smell or cloud in your living dwelling while delivering the throat hit, taste and feel that smokers need from their cigarette. Tap the A Clean Cigarette Logo above to find our Website for more information. If you would like to see what our customers say about A Clean Cigarette Click Here for video testimonies from unpaid actual A Clean Cigarette customers. Scroll to the bottom of the page for great money-saving deals to help you switch.


Q) What gives HUD the authority to change housing rules?

 

A) This one is pretty simple. HUD gets it’s authority from the Federal Government of the United States and has since President Lyndon B. Johnson included it in his “Great Society” program in 1965. Here is a page clip of an Agency Overview of HUD courtesy of WIKI. Click the image to find its source. 

As you can see, Ben Carson is currently at the head of HUD, but the rule itself was released two years ago under the previous administration. 

The funds used to pay for public housing are given to HUD by the federal government and are doled out to public housing officials from there. Public housing officials must comply with HUD standards and regulations in order to qualify for the federal funds. 

In short, if they don’t go smoke-free they won’t get paid no matter how many tenants this new law upsets.

 

 


Q) What are the nicotine options available to me if am looking for a smoking alternative.

 

A) Well, obviously I am going to mention A Clean Cigarette brand e-cigarette here. I mean it worked for me, and I work for them, so I would be silly not to. However, A Clean Cigarette is not your only option, and here is a quick list of options that you may or may not have considered.

 

FDA Approved Nicotine Therapy: Nicotine Gum and nicotine patches can be used to replace the nicotine your body would have been getting if you could smoke a cigarette. While they do dose out nicotine at levels very close to your cigarette’s dose many users have reported the hand to mouth habit can become an issue. Some people have stated that constantly keeping something in your mouth like carrots or suckers can help with this, but others say that their need to eat caused them to gain too much weight. These products are FDA approved smoking cessation products. 

Chewing Tobacco: These products will taste much like chewing on a cigarette and they are allowed in public housing complexes. Keep in mind though that some of the cancers that would have shown up in your lungs will more likely show up on your face with these products.

Image of cig-a-like gas station on Smoke-Free Public Housing Guide.Gas Station Cig-a-likes: Unlike A Clean Cigarette’s brand of e-cigarette, which is sold in our own brick and mortar stores by people who are experts on making the switch because they were smokers who made the switch themselves, gas station brands are pretty much on their own. The gas station attendants simply have too many products to be an expert on most e-cigs. Add to that the fact that it can be almost impossible to figure out what nicotine level and flavor a specific e-cig is when you are trying to decide what product is right for you. Additionally, if you have a faulty product like a battery that doesn’t quite work right, you are kinda on your own at a gas station which is unlike the experience you will receive with A Clean Cigarette products. Have a problem with a cartridge? Bring it back and we will replace it no hassle.

Image of tank vape on Smoke-Free Public Housing Guide.Tank or MOD style vape: These products are always an option and not a HORRIBLE one. Please keep in mind that most of these create large clouds of vapor that, while not the tar-filled smoke of burning tobacco, are still very noticeable and attention drawing. As smokers, we need to be careful who we tick off with our clouds, and if non-smokers start to complain about this property managers could ban all electronic nicotine options from public housing. Also, please keep in mind that you will need to manually add fluid and replace parts with most of these units. With a cig-a-like, there is no mess and no fuss because the system only has two component parts when in use. These are the battery and the cartridge. Low-cloud electronic cigarettes are simple and discreet compared to larger vape units, and let’s face it, we just want to smoke a cigarette when we want to smoke a cigarette. 

A Clean Cigarette: Of course if you are looking for options, our suggestion for an alternative to burning tobacco is the A Clean Cigarette cig-a-like. Our simple easy to use product leaves no trace of smell or vapor cloud in your home while delivering the satisfying throat hit, taste, and feel that smokers need from their cigarette. 

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The best thing about A Clean Cigarette is that you get us, and every single person that works here has made the switch from burning tobacco, so we get it. That’s why we call ourselves smokers helping smokers since 2010. Tap the A Clean Cigarette Logo above to find our Website for more information. If you would like to see what our customers say about A Clean Cigarette Click Here for video testimonies from unpaid actual A Clean Cigarette customers. 

 

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We also know what it’s like to have the world tell us what we have to do regarding smoking. Most of us just wanted a cigarette and to be left alone. So, we can imagine that anyone learning they can no longer smoke in their own residence is not very happy about this, and we sincerely want to help.

Introducing the Make A Switch program for smokers affected by HUD’S Smoke-Free Public Housing. This simple to use program will help make transitioning from burning tobacco to A Clean Cigarette brand electronic cigarettes as painless as possible. Either print the card below or stop into any of our store locations to get a card and start saving today. 

 

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