No Smoking: New Ban for St. Clair County Public Housing Units, Likely Start of a Trend

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In St. Louis County, elected officials and business owners have been fighting over a proposal to ban smoking inside most establishments -- even ones that were previously exempt.

But across the river in Illinois, St. Clair County is successfully pushing forward with a different kind of smoking policy and one that officials say will likely be the start of a trend: a ban on smoking inside public housing complexes.

"This is all about health and wellness," Jan Douglass, community health program coordinator for the county, tells Daily RFT. "St. Clair County is trying to become one of the healthiest counties...and we are looking at the health and safety of all residents."

Where will the new ban apply?

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The county will officially make three different federally assisted public housing units smoke-free starting in July -- though Douglass says she expects them to expand the smoking ban once they've tested it out in these locations.

The three units together have close to 120 residents and are housing complexes designated for the elderly. Two are in Belleville and a third is in Centreville. Douglass says they are already in the process of considering a fourth complex which has around 80 residents.

"This is a national directive coming down from the [U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]," she explains. "You are going to see this trend happening."

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Douglass, a coordinator with the county's health department, says that in her latest survey of the fourth complex under consideration, 54 percent of residents said they favored a ban and 28 percent said they have no preference.

"That's a pretty strong mandate," she says. "Only two people have said no way."

Continue for more details on the smoking ban and a copy of the survey sent to residents.



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18 comments
montellclary
montellclary

i actually agree with that. if your living in government housing,then they should be able to tell you that you can't smoke in the housing they provive for you.

Stacey Spencer
Stacey Spencer

The owner of anything should have the right to dictate what can and can't be done there. Should.

Brad Sherman
Brad Sherman

josh: Can't fix stoopid! Nacho house, nacho rules!

Jay Cee
Jay Cee

if im paying for your housing, then i dont want you ruining my property

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Govt housing. Yes. Lease, in writing... Mortgage no.

Scott Creedon
Scott Creedon

"can't afford a house note, you can't afford a pack of smokes" that must be the new math being taught

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

From your pics it doesn't seem like you lead a healthy lifestyle. Maybe stop being so judgmental and try and fix yourself.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

I meant what I said. Don't tell me what I meant. You are a asshole. Did I mean that? Do you know what a asshole is in these terms?

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

Yes, they should be able to ban it, anyone should, but Josh is being ridiculous saying "if you cannot afford a house note, you cannot afford a pack of smokes." A house note? Do you even know what the actual definition of a house note is? You probably meant mortgage, but why not say "your own rent"-? And don't assume that poor people do not have friends who are not living there who might want to smoke. Smoking shouldn't be allowed because it's expensive to the landlord and nasty, but it should have nothing to do with if you have tens of thousands of dollars in the bank.

Diana Snoke Thompson
Diana Snoke Thompson

Smokers should only have the right to move to a boat where they only harm the fish around them.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

THE OWNER of any property has the right to ban smoking on their said property...I got a problem when the government tells a bar they can't allow it cause its a city wide ban... Thats just a bynch of butt hurt non-smokers imposing their will on other.

James Wright
James Wright

if the govt is paying for you to live, they can tell you how to do it. catch 22.

Abbey Allred Wharton
Abbey Allred Wharton

I think it's stupid as the science is very sketchy, but private landlords disallow smoking on a regular basis in their units, so I don't see why government-owned units shouldn't be able to do the same thing.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

If you can't afford a house note, you can't afford a pack of smokes.

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