COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A new smoking ban, just weeks away from taking effect, comes with some mixed feelings.
By the end of the month, smokers will no longer be allowed to light up inside all public housing. It is all part of a nationwide decision by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Many residents at Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority properties said they were familiar with the ban and do not support it. They feel they should be allowed to do whatever they want in their own home as long as it is legal.
American Heart Association staff said they fully support the ban. They told NBC4 each year, about 34,000 adults die from other peoples’ smoke.
“It’s not just hurting yourself but others around you. So I think making it more difficult to smoke in these public area is really saving lives,” said Krista Barber with the AHA in Central Ohio.