Tenants Upset After E-Cigarettes Banned By Section 8 Housing

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Tenants are blowing off steam, after receiving a notice sent out by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. It details its ban on smoking.

According to the notice, tenants living in the J.R. Polly Limeweaver Apartment complex are not allowed to use Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.

It is apart of the ban on smoking, which will start on July 1, 2014.

The policy recently added to tenant's leases gave reasons including an effort to decrease health effects, maintenance costs, the risk of fire and the cost of fire insurance.

"The e-cigarettes vapor, it's not like you're smoking tobacco. You know, true it has nicotine in it, but the nicotine ain't in the air," said a tenant who lives in the Section 8 apartment.

He chose to be anonymous, because he is afraid he will be kicked out.

"I mean why should I quit smoking, it's my right to smoke," said the anonymous tenant.

"I'm not in their faces, I'm not doing it in the hallway, I'm in my privacy of my own home," said the anonymous tenant.

He said he's been smoking for more than 30 years and has been using e-cigarettes to kick the habit.

It's a popular trend in the apartment building.

Don Cave who recently suffered a heart attack says his doctor told him, "these things are nothing but vapor, they will not hurt you."

Tenants who are caught violating the 'no smoking policy' will be evicted.

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