For Mpls. public housing, a smoking ban

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 28, 2012 - 12:07 AM

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is going smoke-free in its 5,000 units. Some residents are pleased; others are not.

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husker1983Apr. 27, 12 8:56 PM

Right on. If my company has to go smoke free then so should the public housing I help pay for. If residents don't like it you can move out or vote out these big gov't types so we can have our lives back.

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dentesterApr. 27, 12 8:56 PM

This is hilarious. The left's tobacco nazis finally caught up with the liberals desire to provide housing to everybody. I love it.

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cpmn316Apr. 27, 12 9:08 PM

Makes sense to me. Long term this should also help control Medicaid costs.

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sharkysharkApr. 27, 12 9:16 PM

My grandmother lived at 1212 So 9th St for over 20 years. The smoke in the air was oppressive.

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youareitApr. 27, 12 9:40 PM

How is this going to be enforced?

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freedubayApr. 27, 12 9:53 PM

The solution is simple. We need to upgrade the ventilation systems in these buildings so that the residents can do as they please in their own homes that they have worked so hard for.

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lars1349Apr. 27, 12 9:56 PM

I understand the comment that the residents should be allowed to do what they want in their private apartments. However, these are PUBLIC apartments. If they want to do what they want, they need to move out of public assisted housing. Allowing these residents to smoke in these apartments not only affect them but affects the other residents as well as the general public who have to pay for repairs caused by smoke damage, fires, and the increased medical bills due to smoking. While it is a personal choice, for those who rely on assistance for housing and medical care, it becomes a personal decision that affects everyone.

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lajessenApr. 27, 1210:10 PM

It's not their private home. The taxpayers are subsidizing the cost. And when one lives in an apartment setting, the smoke migrates.

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trice01Apr. 27, 1210:24 PM

Count your blessings. At least you can go outside and have a smoke and then come back in, unlike the paying customers at Target Field.

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gking2mnApr. 27, 1210:38 PM

some of these buildings are so old and you start ripping out ventilation you will get something worse than second hand smoke called asbestos

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