Public Housing

Should public housing be totally smoke-free?

Should public housing be totally smoke-free?

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is working on new regulations that would bar people living in public housing from smoking tobacco not only in the buildings' indoor common areas and administrative offices, and not only within 25 feet of the buildings, but also in their own apartments.

There are some rational arguments against such a policy. While it's true that the law in California and many other jurisdictions already gives landlords the right to ban smoking in apartments, the federal government, and the public housing agencies it funds, aren't just any landlord....