Created: 07/07/2014 9:01 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
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.