Binghamton Housing Authority Goes Smoke Free

Published 04/17 2014 04:18PM

Updated 04/17 2014 05:19PM

The Binghamton Housing Authority is adopting a smoke free policy.

No smoking is allowed inside of apartments at the Carlisle and Saratoga housing complexes. Residents or visitors who want to smoke must now be 25 feet away from the buildings.

A building at North Shore Towers is also smoke free.

After three violations, eviction proceedings can begin against people who choose to ignore the rule.

"We have actually had people move from public housing because of second hand smoke, because of smoke occuring in neighbors apartments. That is contrary to our mission," said director David Tanenhaus.

Before the ban went into place, residents were offered smoking cessation classes.

10-year-old Ondrea Kittle heard about how bad smoking is for people in school. She encouraged her mom to quit and she did recently.

"Your lungs could go black and it's unhealthy for you," said Kittle.

If you'd like help quitting smoking, call 866-NYQUITS.

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