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BMHA already smoke free as new rule takes effect

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has been in compliance for a year and a half with a new smoke-free housing rule that went into effect Monday for all federally-owned public housing.

The rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was announced in November 2016 and prohibits the use of lit tobacco products and hookahs inside all indoor areas and within 25 feet of all federally-funded public housing authority buildings. It protects families in public housing from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.

All BMHA properties have been smoke free since January 2017, Modesto Candelario, BMHA assistant executive director, said Monday.

That includes roughly 11,000 households living in 25 federally-funded BMHA developments and Marine Drive, a state public housing development that BMHA owns, Candelario said.

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