Central NY city mulls public housing smoking ban

The city of Auburn is considering a ban on smoking in public housing complexes. (7/7/14)

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 from the authority's commissioners.

Stephanie Hutchinson, authority director, tells the Auburn Citizen (http://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.

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One violation would result in termination of a tenant's lease.

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

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