This rule requires each public housing agency (PHA) administering public housing to implement a smoke-free policy. Specifically, no later than 18 months from the effective date of the rule (02-03-17), each PHA must implement a "smoke-free" policy banning the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings. The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings. This rule improves indoor air quality in the housing; benefits the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires; and lowers overall maintenance costs.
The purpose of the rule is to require PHAs to establish a policy disallowing the use of prohibited tobacco products, as such term is defined in § 965.653(c), inside all indoor areas of public housing, including but not limited to living units, indoor common areas, electrical closets, storage units, and PHA administrative office buildings, and in all outdoor areas within 25 feet of the housing and administrative office buildings (collectively, "restricted areas"). Such a policy is expected to improve indoor air quality in public housing; benefit the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduce the risk of catastrophic fires; and lower overall maintenance costs.
To insure quality of air and the safety of all public housing residents, pursuant to 24 CFR § 965.653(c) and in accordance with the Smoke Free Public Housing Final Rule, the Housing Authority of The City of McAllen herein after known as "MHA" has declared this Smoke Free Policy as follows:
1.0 Effective Date This Smoke Free Policy will be effective on Monday July 30, 2018 beginning at 12:00 AM
1.1 Application of Smoke Free Policy
1.2 This smoke free policy is applicable to all of the following:
1.3 This smoke free policy is applicable in all of the following building types and outdoor areas:
All dwelling rental units at Vine Terrace as listed in Appendix A.
All utility buildings at each Vine Terrace unit as listed in Appendix A.
All non-dwelling community buildings and MHA administrative offices as listed in Appendix B
All outdoor areas within 25 feet of every building listed in Appendix A & B
2.0 Prohibited Tobacco Products
2.1 The following tobacco products are prohibited: