Allegheny County Housing Authority Bans Smoking at Five Units


Housing Authority in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, told last week about its intention to prohibit smoking in five of its units.

According to county authorities, up to date totally 330 units were designated as smoke-free in the county. The talk is about G.W. Carver Hall in Clairton, Ohioview Tower in McKees Rocks, Andrew Carnegie Apartments in Carnegie, West Mifflin Manor in West Mifflin, John Frazer Hall in Turtle Creek.

The smoking bans in housing units make part of the initiative to create a smoke-free environment in the county in the course of Live Well Allegheny campaign which promotes healthy living.

According to Frank Aggazio, the executive director of the county housing authority, the goal of the Authority is to provide safe and decent apartments for people in Allegheny County, and to modify the traditional look of public housing.

Smoke-free policy in the housing authority is a proven way to imrove health of its residents. Besides this, it permits the Authority to maintain its investments in good condition.

The Allegheny County authorities say that in the past 12 years in the Housing Authority took place three fires which resulted in $1 million damage. Each of these cases was caused by smoking cigarettes inside. Cleaning smoker’s apartment of tobacco smoke also costs a big sum of money for the housing.

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