Residents of public housing across the US have filed lawsuits fighting the ban, claiming the ban is arbitrary and is an abuse of HUD's discretion.
The new rule will penalize anyone who smokes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah pipes in indoor common areas, within public housing units, in administrative offices, and in outdoor areas within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.
In November of 2016 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the new federal rule and gave public housing authorities 18 months to implement their own plan to put into action as of today. They could face eviction if they are caught smoking three times.
Along with promoting the health benefits of not smoking, HUD hopes the new rule will also "create healthy environments that encourage people who smoke to quit or attempt to reduce smoking", the agency says.
Programs from the City of Phoenix Housing Department provide public housing, Section 8 housing vouchers, affordable rental apartments and single-family homes to more than 35,000 residents.
"I'm an adult and I feel like I am being treated like a child when you tell me I can't smoke if I choose to smoke", West said. "So, they had 45 days to talk about it". In South Dakota, nearly 3000 people live in public housing, but the rule is nothing new in KOTA Territory. The majority from heart disease.
Find more about the smoking ban at the Tennessee Department of Health website.
This is how it'll work: The new rule will be in the tenant's lease, along with information on how to quit smoking.