Providence public housing going smoke-free


Five public-housing high-rise buildings for the elderly and the disabled in Providence are going smoke-free.

The new smoke-free policy will no longer allow residents to smoke in their homes but rather only in specially-designated areas sanctioned by the Providence Housing Authority. It will be in effect for Carroll Tower, Dexter Manor, Dominica Manor, Kilmartin Plaza and Parenti Villa.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is expected to be joined Thursday by city housing and health officials to announce the new policy.

Officials said nearly 250 public housing authorities have implemented smoke-free policies. That includes four others in Rhode Island: Pawtucket, Lincoln, Newport and Warwick

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