Columbus Housing Authority adopts smoke-free policy

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Housing Authority of Columbus is adopting a new smoke-free policy and there are consequences if violated.

The policy was approved back in February and goes into effect July 1.

The Housing Authority CEO says the purpose of the new smoke-free policy is to reduce the tenants and staffs' exposure to smoke as well as minimize the cost of maintenance and the risk of fire.

"The purpose is health related," CEO J. Len Williams said. "Our residents and staff should not be exposed to the hazards of smoking, including exposure to second-hand smoke. In addition, we want to minimize the costs of maintenance and risk of fire."

If the policy is violated residents could receive a warning, a $50 fine, and termination of the lease and a $250 cleaning fee for the final warning.

The policy applies to the interior and exterior of all the housing authority's properties.

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