The Worcester Housing Authority’s board of commissioners voted unanimously at their December 17, 2015 meeting 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 January 15, 2016, the Mattapoisett Housing Authority had an apartment fire and fire fighters 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, Marion
The views expressed in the “Letters to the Editor” column are not necessarily those of The Wanderer, its staff or advertisers. The Wanderer will gladly accept any and all correspondence relating to timely and pertinent issues in the great Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester area, provided they include the author’s name, address and phone number for verification. We cannot publish anonymous, unsigned or unconfirmed submissions. The Wanderer reserves the right to edit, condense and otherwise alter submissions for purposes of clarity and/or spacing considerations. The Wanderer may choose to not run letters that thank businesses, and The Wanderer has the right to edit letters to omit business names. The Wanderer also reserves the right to deny publication of any submitted correspondence.