PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A new rule prohibiting residents of several public housing buildings from smoking in their apartments is not sitting well with some of them.
The Providence Housing Authority officially announced the new policy this week. It impacts five high-rise buildings for the elderly and the disabled, including:
- Dominica Manor
- Kilmartin Plaza
- Dexter Manor
- Carroll Tower
- Parenti Villa
Some feel the new rule violates their rights as tenants.
"We pay rent...Why can't we do what we want in our apartments?", said Amelia Perry, a resident of Dominica Manor.
A resident at Kilmartin Plaza thinks the new rule will be ignored.
"The smoke-out will never work," he said. "Man has been smoking since the beginning of time."
Other residents approve of the new rule.
"It will stop fires. We already had one man who threw a lit cigarette away and threw it down a chute."
Smoking will only be allowed in special designated areas in each building. The Housing Authority says they will also offer free assistance to anyone who wants to quit smoking.
City officials say the new rule is aimed at improving safety. Some said they approve of it for that reason, saying it will prevent fires.
Four other housing authorities in Rhode Island already have "no smoking" rules in place.
There is a petition circulating among some of the residents but they do not know if it will have an impact on the decision.
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