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Albany Housing Authority prepares to become no tobacco zone

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Housing Authority is working with residents as they prepare for all their property to go non-tobacco in October.

The Housing Authority board of commissioners approved the non-tobacco resolution earlier this summer.

The Executive Director says national Housing and Urban Development regulations mandate that all public housing must be non-tobacco. 

This means residents can not smoke or use any tobacco inside their homes, or on the property, and must be 25 feet from any building.

Officials say it will cut second-hand smoke dangers and lower maintenance costs.

"Repair these units because there is a lot of smoke in the units. A lot of damage. There have been fires because of smoking so we take that into consideration. But more so is the health of our residents," said Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Roman Velasquez.

Velasquez said they will help introduce residents to smoking cessation classes, but breaking the no smoking rule could ultimately end with the resident losing assistance.

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