Skates 
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Re: “Where there's smoke ...

I agree with the earlier commentator about the definition in the article. This is a difficult situation because smoking is damaging to both wellness and property. However, banning people from smoking in their homes in public housing may also cause harm.

There is a strong, studied correlation between low-income status and smoking. There is similar prevalence in smoking as a coping mechanism in the presence of certain mental illnesses. Mobility to leave a place of residence to smoke in various environmental conditions may also be a challenge and limitation. As we know, smoking is very addictive and there is less access to diverse treatments for people with lower income. While public housing serves a diverse population, people with these identities are definitely among those served. Penalties and eviction might further marginalize members of already vulnerable populations as well as potentially add to the city's homelessness crisis.

I am no fan of tobacco and its effects and, as I have said, cannot come to my own solution on this subject. But I do think the above concerns need to be taken into account before a decision is made. (Apologies for the essay!)

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Posted by Skates on 11/19/2015 at 9:27 PM

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