Residents of the public housing projects in San Joaquin County are currently allowed to smoke in and around their units. But that policy might change.
The federal government, which subsidizes public housing and anti-smoking advocates are pressuring local officials to prohibit the use of tobacco products in individual units and in common areas.
Paul Kneppraph of the American Lung Association of California says the goal is to eliminate second-hand smoke.
“Because there are so many walls and ventilation systems and the environment is shared people are being exposed to second hand smoke that should not be.”
San Joaquin officials are considering a number of options as they try to balance the conflicting rights of smokers and non-smokers.
Housing agencies in California that have adopted smoking bans are gradually phasing in the new policy and in some cases they're even providing smokers with treatments to help them kick the habit.