SNAP smoking ban starts for local tenants



Posted on August 1, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--People living in more than one dozen low income housing developments in Spokane have been told they can no longer smoke inside their apartment.

The Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP) implemented the change on Thursday.

SNAP leader’s notified tenants of the change two months ago.

“I was actually pleased, been working hard this last here in cutting back,” said Dennis Wahl.

Wahl and other SNAP tenants received a letter in the spring. The letter stated that smokers would have to go outside to light up a cigarette starting August 1st. Wahl said he thinks the change will help him quit smoking.

“It gave me more incentive,” added Wahl.

SNAP leaders said they took the lead on the no smoking indoors policy from their partners at the Spokane Housing Authority. The Housing Authorities was one of the first large housing providers to make the change in Spokane.

“It was really successful, good health outcomes from residence. A lot of people have quit smoking,” said SNAP employee with Amber Boice.

Leaders at SNAP said the agency is interested in improving the health and the overall community of it residence.

Boice said it costs less money and takes less time to turn over a unit that has not been exposed to cigarette smoke

However, the policy does not just target smokers. It also forbids residents from lighting incense and candles. SNAP employees said the policy is also meant to reduce the risk of fire and eliminate any smoke in the units.