No Smoking Policy
Due to the increased risk of fire, increased maintenance costs and the known health effects of secondhand smoke, effective July 1, 2018, smoking is prohibited in all dwelling units and all common areas. To prevent secondhand smoke from entering open windows or doors, this smoke-free policy also extends to all outdoor areas within 25 feet of SMHA dwelling units and administrative buildings. Residents are responsible for ensuring that family members and guests comply with this rule.
SCOPE: This policy applies to any and all persons entering South Mississippi Housing Authority (SMHA) properties including SMHA residents, and their guests and visitors, SMHA contractors, and SMHA employees.
1. Smoking will not be permitted in apartments, community rooms, office buildings, maintenance facilities or any Housing Authority vehicles.
2. The term "smoking" means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, pipe, cigarette, hookah or any other lighted smoking equipment." Smoking also includes the use of an electronic delivery device, which creates an aerosol or a vapor (vaping), in any manner or in any form.
3. "Electronic Delivery Device (EDD)" means an electronic device activated when one draws on the mouthpiece and which, when activated, emits a solution producing an aerosol or a vapor that may be inhaled or absorbed by the user. EDDs include but are not limited to, E-cigarettes, E-cigars, E-pipes, vape pens, and E-hookahs.
4. Smoking is only permitted in areas outside of the building(s). Smoking shall not be permitted anywhere that is within 25 feet of any exterior doors or windows. Residents are encouraged to refrain from smoking anywhere children are present.
5. The Authority shall inform current residents, applicants on waiting lists, SMHA employees and SMHA contractors and sub-contractors of this policy, all of whom are also responsible for following this policy.
6. All smoking residents and guests are required to dispose of their smoking materials in appropriate collection receptacles. Receptacles will be provided by SMHA.
7. SMHA management and maintenance employees will be responsible for enforcement of this policy.
8. Resident understands and accepts that SMHA's adoption of a Smoke-Free Policy, and efforts to enforce such policy, do not constitute representation or guarantee by the Housing Authority any direct or consequential benefits to the Resident's health or well-being. SMHA shall take reasonable steps to enforce the Smoke-Free Policy. SMHA shall address violations of the policy upon SMHA's actual knowledge of the violation and the identity of the responsible Resident.
9. SMHA cannot and does not warranty or promise that the property will be free from second-hand smoke. SMHA's ability to control, monitor or enforce this Addendum is dependent in significant part on voluntary compliance by Residents and Resident's guests.
10. All Residents will be given two (2) copies of the smoking policy. After review, the resident will sign both copies and return one to the SMHA office. The copy will be placed in the resident file.
1. It shall be the Resident's responsibility to inform his/her household members and guest of this Smoke-Free Policy.
2. The Resident shall prohibit smoking by his/her household members or guests while on the premises that would violate this Policy.
3. Failure to comply, or upon repeated violations to this Addendum may be cause for lease enforcement action up to and including termination of lease agreement.
First Violation: A Resident caught smoking inside the dwelling unit or in a common area or evidence of smoking in the dwelling unit will result in a $100.00 fine.
Second Violation: A Resident caught smoking inside the dwelling unit or in a common area or evidence of smoking in the dwelling unit or in a common area will result in a $150.00 fine and warning of future eviction for next offense.
Third Violation: Eviction plus a restoration fee equivalent to the cost to effectively restore the unit to a smoke-free condition.
RESIDENT GUEST VIOLATIONS
First Violation: Warning to Resident
Second Violation: $25.00 fine to Resident
Third Violation: $50.00 fine to Resident
Fourth Violation: $100.00 fine to Resident
Restoration of Status: After 12 consecutive months of no infractions (including by Resident and any Resident guests) the level of violation will revert to zero. (i.e., if a Resident has incurred 2 violations and Residents guest have 3 violations, if there are no further violations for a 12-month period following the last violation, the next violation will be a first violation).