RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A smoking ban in Richmond’s public housing apartments goes into effect on Monday, July 30.
This means residents, employees and contractors will no longer be permitted to light up inside or 25 feet of the apartments or community buildings. The ban includes pipes, cigars and E-cigarettes.
RRHA claims that the ban is intended to help with health concerns and curb the effects of second-hand smoke. RRHA will investigate each reported violation.
“We will have some expectation that there will be some evidence, perhaps, maybe if there is more than one individual who notices the violation,” Orlando Artze, RRHA interim CEO said.
RRHA told 8News that the ban will be enforced with the help of the community.
“Our expectation is that they will take action and will follow up with RRHA staff,” Artze said.
The first violation is a $100 fine, a second violation is a $250 fine and a third violation could lead to an eviction.
RRHA will not provide a designated smoking area for residents and smoking is allowed in cars that are out of the smoke-free zone. The authority will also offer classes and other resources to help people quit smoking.
According to RRHA General Counsel Cory Wolfe, all public housing authorities nationwide are required to impose a smoke-free policy.