SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - For residents of public housing owned by the Springfield Housing Authority , smoking has been banned inside their apartments for the last year. Now, they will no longer be able to smoke outside as well.
Starting next week, smoking will be banned on all SHA property; indoors and outdoors.
New signs indicating the property-wide anti-smoking policy have not yet been posted, but will be put up soon.
The change is not welcome news for all residents, even those who do not smoke.
Constance McCauley, a resident of the SHA apartments at Saab Court, has been a non-smoker all her life. She told 22News that she finds it unfair that senior citizens, many of whom had been smoking their whole lives, could be barred from smoking on the property where they live.
"Some of these people have been smoking all their lives, and then you're going to tell them they can't smoke anymore. They can't smoke now, they can't smoke on the land, grounds, and then they have to go off to smoke. I think that's not right. That's not right to these people," McCauley said.
SHA Executive Director, William Abrashkin said the ban has a good-health goal and "we want to make our properties healthy places to live and work."
The policy change takes effect on Monday, April 1.