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Public housing smoking ban

Being added to the list of places you can't smoke cigarettes.

A new nationwide smoking ban at public housing was signed into law this week, but there are concerns about what this means in springfield.

Kspr's sheena elzie is live at a public housing apartment complex on springfield's north side to explain.


Under the new law, smokers wouldn't be able to smoke inside their house, and would have to come this far, at least 25 feet away from it if they want to have a cigarette.

But the concern is exactly how the smoking ban will be enforced.

Local housing authorities have 18 months to figure out how they'll get in compliance with the new law.

Federal officials say the smoking ban will cut back on cleaning costs when someone moves out, and keep kids living nearby away from second hand smoke.

Pat killingsworth is a smoker living in public housing, and the chair of springfield's housing authority board.

She says she understands why the government issued the smoking ban, but she has mixed feelings about it.

This is my home, as a human, nobody wants to be told what you can and can't do inside your home, as long as it's legal, we're human and i've been doing it for all these years and it's gonna be hard."

The board is expected to meet and review details of how it'll work in springfield by next week.

Back to you.

Once local housing authorities implement the ban, close to one million public housing complexes across the country will be smoke-free.

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