The new rule went into effect on July 31
Smoking has been banned in public housing complexes nationwide, after a new rule put in place by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development went into effect on July 31.
This includes more than 2,000 housing units in Schenectady, Saratoga, Montgomery and Fulton counties.
The ban was meant to address issues with secondhand smoke, fires caused by cigarettes and reducing the cost of cleaning a unit used by a smoker.
Housing authorities were notified of the pending change in November of 2016, when it was announced by then-HUD Secretary Julian Castro. It gave housing authorities an 18-month window to implement the new rule.
Some housing authorities had already instituted the ban at some of their facilities prior to the new rule being announced by HUD. Those include the Schenectady Housing Authority, which banned smoking indoors, including in renters’ own apartments, back in 2012.