Town should follow Worcester's lead on smoking ban

Feb 29, 2016

To the Editor:

The Worcester Housing Authority’s board of commissioners voted unanimously on Dec. 17, 2015 to ban smoking anywhere inside the WHA community or within 30 feet of an entrance. This smoking ban includes: community rooms, trash and laundry rooms, lobbies and entrances, all apartments and open windows.

On Jan. 15, 2016, the Mattapoisett Housing Authority had an apartment fire and firefighters from Mattapoisett, Fairhaven and Marion responded. This was the latest of several fires at the MHA complex. All it takes is one smoker to burn the place down. Does anyone know the status of a smoking ban at the MHA?

Banning smoking in state housing is not an onerous process.

If New Bedford and Worcester and other large housing authorities can ban smoking, then clearly, the problem is not with the “state” or the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Secondhand smoke is a verified health hazard. A smoke free building creates a healthier and safer environment for all residents.


Eileen Marum,