Warning: Smoking may cause eviction | Richmond Free Press

Residents of public housing in Richmond are facing a ban on smoking in three months.

The ban will be instituted on Aug. 1 and will involve all of the buildings of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Orlando Artze, the RRHA’s interim chief executive officer, told the Free Press on Monday.

RRHA officials did not initiate the ban. Instead, they are required to institute the smoke-free policy by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency that funds and oversees the government-owned units for people with low incomes.

In February 2017, just after President Trump took office, HUD published a regulation that banned smoking within 25 feet of any public housing unit.

That means no smoking within any unit, including patios, balconies, stairwells or…

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