Providence public housing goes smoke-free


Providence officials on Thursday announced a new smoke-free policy for five public housing high-rise buildings in the state’s capital.

Under the new policy, the Providence Housing Authority said residents will not be allowed to smoke in their homes, only in special outdoor areas designated by the city.

Stephen O’Rourke, executive director of the housing authority, said there is no safe level of second-hand smoke and that no one “should have to choose between their health and where they are going to live.”

The policy affects the Carroll Tower, Dexter Manor, Dominica Manor, Kilmartin Plaza and Parenti Villa buildings.

Housing authorities in several Rhode Island municipalities, including Pawtucket, Lincoln, Newport and Warwick, have already implemented smoke-free policies.

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