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City of Auburn considers public housing smoking ban

By The Associated Press

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - The city of Auburn in central New York is considering a ban on smoking in public housing complexes, joining a growing national trend.

A total of 326 apartments would be affected by the ban as of Sept. 1 if the Auburn Housing Authority enacts it. A public hearing is scheduled Monday afternoon, followed by a vote of the authority's commissioners.

Stephanie Hutchinson, authority director, tells the Auburn Citizen (http://bit.ly/1vOFcIU ) that health and safety were the main reasons for the ban. Non-smoking residents are often exposed to second-hand smoke from other apartments.

One violation would result in a warning, with an appealable eviction after a second offense.

The state of Maine bans smoking in all subsidized housing units. Some cities also have bans, including Toledo and Houston, and Boston has one in the works.

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