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Smoking banned in publicly funded housing after new rule takes effect

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 21:17:11-04

Smokers who live in publicly funded housing are now on notice after a new federal rule took effect Monday banning the activity within 25 feet of dwellings.

The new policy affects nearly 1 million housing units nationwide, including 7,200 people living in Nevada.

"I'm for it, and I'm against it," said Tom Cole, who has lived in publicly funded housing for 12 years.

Cole is a U.S. Navy veteran and a former smoker and worries about the impact to people with mobility issues.

"I don't smoke, but there's people who are very old and they live in here and they are confined to their living quarters, they can't go outside," said Cole.

The rule was first introduced by Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, in 2015. The smoking ban is supposed to save an estimated $150 million dollars each year across the county by reducing smoking related maintenance costs, fire risk and damage, and protecting non-smokers from second hand smoke healthcare costs.

It will effect all 24 public housing properties around Southern Nevada

Aida Brents Housing

2120 Vegas Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89106

Archie Grant Park Housing

1720 Searles Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Arthur D. Sartini Annex Housing

5200 Alpine, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Arthur D. Sartini Plaza

900 South Brush Street, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Ernie Cragin Terrace Housing

28th Street and Valley Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Biegger Estates 

5701 Missouri Street, Las Vegas, NV 89122

Espinoza Terrace Housing

Boulder Highway and Van Wagenen, Henderson, NV 89015

Hampton Court Housing

Lake Mead Drive and Warm Springs, Henderson, NV 89015

Harry Levy Gardens

2525 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Hullum Homes / Jones Gardens

1750 Marion Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89115

(located South of Lake Mead Boulevard between Lamb and Nellis)

James Down Towers

5000 West Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89107

Landsman Gardens

750 Major Street, Henderson, NV 89015

(East of Boulder Highway at Major Street and Burkholder)

Lubertha Johnson Estates

3900 Perry Street, Las Vegas, NV 89122

Marble Manor

1320 Morgan Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Marion D. Bennett, Sr. Plaza

1818 Balzar Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Marble Manor Annex/Sherman Gardens

909 Doolittle Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Otto Merida Desert Villas

50 Honolulu Street, Las Vegas, NV 89110

Rose Gardens

1632 Yale Street, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Schaffer Heights

2901 Schaffer Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89121

Sherman Gardens Annex

Doolittle Avenue and H Street, Las Vegas 89106

Simmons Manor 

5385 John Austin Court, Las Vegas, NV 89122

Vera Johnson Manor B

505 Lamb Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89110

Villa Capri

1801 J Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Scattered housing sites around Southern Nevada

"I have been frank, speaking to my staff and with public housing residents: public housing is not an entitlement, it is a deserving opportunity for folks who want to transition and improve their lives," said Chad Williams, Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.

Williams says the ban is now a part of the lease agreements for residents and it will be enforced through on-site visits and tips from residents.

Residents will be allowed up to 4 smoking violations before facing eviction, according to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.

The smoking ban also includes e-cigarettes and marijuana.

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