Posted by: audreybenenati | June 10, 2010

Public housing goes smoke-free | coloradoan.com | The Coloradoan


BY BOBBY MAGILL • June 10, 2010

Beginning July 1, all Fort Collins Housing Authority homes will become smoke-free in an attempt to keep residents healthy and to save the city about $100,000 per year.

That’s just fine with Natalie Barela, a smoker who lives in an FCHA unit on Emigh Street.

“I think it’s good because it’s a lot safer having my nephew come over,” she said. “It’s better not having (smoking) in the house because everything stinks and not just you.”

Barela smokes out on the sidewalk in front of her home, something required by the city, which mandates smokers step at least 20 feet away from open doors and windows before they light up.

FCHA tenants were notified one year in advance of the smoke-free policy going into effect.

“Most tenants are pleased we’ve done this,” said John Tuchscherer, federal programs and compliance manager for the FCHA…Public housing goes smoke-free | coloradoan.com | The Coloradoan.

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