Lynchburg public housing goes smoke-free

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Starting July 1st, some communities in Lynchburg are going smoke-free.

On Friday, the Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority hosted an event to remind residents of the new policy.

Housing and Urban Development is mandating that all public housing properties go smoke-free by Sunday, which means residents will no longer be allowed to smoke inside their home or within 25 feet of any building that is the property of HUD.

Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Program Advisor, Jeffrey Bennett, said they’re still trying to find the best way to enforce the new policy.

"We’ve talked about a lot of different things to try to enforce this right down to putting special filters in the filtration system, in the heating systems, just to be able to detect if somebody is smoking inside their apartment," said Bennett.

Bennett said they are really depending on the cooperation of the tenants, but when it comes to enforcement, eviction could be an option.

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