Council Member Richards’ Statement on the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s New Ban on Smoking in Public Housing

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“The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s announcement this week that smoking will be banned in all public housing is a breath of fresh air for thousands of NYCHA residents who have dealt with unhealthy living conditions for far too long. We need to do more to protect the health and well-being of our public housing residents, especially innocent children who suffer from asthma and other chronic illnesses that can be caused by second-hand smoke. I look forward to learning more about NYCHA’s implementation plan for this new policy and plan to work diligently to expand this policy in New York City with my bill, Int. 977, which would ban smoking in all city-financed housing.” – Council Member Donovan Richards.

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