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Public Housing Residents Must Leave the Smokes Outside

In Milford, smoking will be banned in housing authority apartments



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    Residents of public housing in Milford won't be doing this inside their apartments.

    Smokers who live in public housing in Milford will violate Housing Authority rules if they light up in their homes after Nov. 1 and the new policy applies immediately to newcomers.

    Anthony Vasiliou, executive director of the Milford Housing Authority, says the smoking ban will rely on the honor system.

    Not only is it healthier to ban smoking, but it also saves the authority money, he said.

    "It costs two to six times extra to recondition an apartment after a smoker moves out," he said.

    Smokers will be able to go outside and smoke in specific areas, Vasiliou said.

    "It's not a free country any more," said Ann Perrelli, a former smoker who underwent triple bypass surgery and lives in one of the authority's 465 units.