The proposed federal ban on smoking in public housing is rooted in valid points. Smoking is bad for your health, and smoking bans in public places are good for the public at large, and would save money spent by the government on secondhand smoke-related health care, renovation of units that allow smoking, and in smoking-fire related losses.

However, there are arguments on why imposing this ban can be viewed as problematic

It’s an unfunded mandate (for owners). “Housing authorities are struggling to maintain buildings and keep the lights on,” says Amy Glassman, a lawyer who represents public-housing authorities, developers, and other entities who receive funds from HUD. “To add an additional regulatory requirement, regardless of intention, and to do so without adding any funding, is burdensome.”

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