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Federal Smoking Ban Won't Change Much In Oregon Public Housing


Hollywood East Apartments in Portland have been smoke-free since 2009.
Residents gather outside to smoke.

Hollywood East Apartments in Portland have been smoke-free since 2009. Residents gather outside to smoke.

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The feds proposed making public housing agencies across the country smoke-free Thursday. But some government subsidized complexes in Oregon have been non-smoking for years.

Hollywood East Apartments in Portland went smoke-free six years ago.

Mel Trotter said he obeys the ban, but he doesn’t like it.

“I don’t think they should ban what you do in your own home,” he said.

His neighbor, Kathy Flint, said not being allowed to smoke inside hasn’t really changed her habit.

“It doesn’t increase it. It might reduce it a little,” she said. “I’m not so sure.”

But she said, if there is a ban, outside smoking areas need to be provided and punishments shouldn’t be too harsh.

“Some buildings that go berserk and evict people because they caught them with a cigarette. I think, ‘overdone,’” Flint said.

Mel Trotter smokes about 20 cigarettes a day, “I don’t think they should ban what you do in your own home.”

Mel Trotter smokes about 20 cigarettes a day, “I don’t think they should ban what you do in your own home.”

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 “You have to plot a little bit how you’re going to do that,” she said. “It depends on the age of the person and their mental status.”

At Hollywood East, those who smoke indoors are given a warning and then an eviction notice. But an official said no one has actually been tossed out for smoking.

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