Smoking to be banned in public housing in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Public housing officials in Columbia are the latest in the county to announce plans to ban smoking.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the new rule was approved last month and takes effect May 1. Already, hundreds of housing authorities across the county have taken similar action, including in Kansas City.

Lee Radtke, of the Columbia Housing Authority, emphasized smoking would be allowed on the housing authority’s property, just not inside buildings.

Radtke says the ban will be beneficial to the health and safety of residents and will help the housing authority save on maintenance costs. When tenants who smoke move out, the housing authority must repaint and replace stained blinds. Sometimes burnt carpets and tabletops must be replaced.





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