Proposal may ban smoking in public housing in Columbia
COLUMBIA (AP) - Public housing officials in Columbia are the latest in the county to propose a to ban smoking.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the ban was proposed last month and the voting will take take place in January. The ban would take effect May 1, 2015.
Already, hundreds of housing authorities across the state have taken similar action, including in Kansas City.
Lee Radtke of the Columbia Housing Authority emphasized that smoking would be allowed on the housing authority's property, just not inside buildings.
Radtke said the ban will be beneficial to the health and safety of residents and will help the housing authority save on maintenance costs. She said when tenants who smoke move out, the housing authority must repaint and replace stained blinds, adding that sometimes burnt carpets and tabletops must be replaced.