Columbia Housing Authority bans smoking inside apartments
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Columbia Housing Authority has voted to approve a policy banning smoking inside all apartment units in buildings that the authority operates.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports board voted 4-0 to approve the ban Tuesday after listening to several public housing residents express their opinions about the policy.
Some opponents of the ban say they fear it infringes on their right to choose where to smoke. Others say the ban creates hostility between young people and security guards, which could lead to police involvement.
The commissioner said at the meeting that health was the main priority of the policy. Officials cited studies that suggest the change would improve the overall health of residents and lower the probability of accidental fires.
The new smoking policy will go into effect May 1.