PORTLAND, Maine — The public housing authority in Portland, Maine, is going to ban smoking in its 1,000 apartments.
The decision by the Portland Housing Authority will take effect July 1.
Portland is one of the last of Maine’s 24 public housing authorities to prohibit smoking.
The housing authority says the change will reduce maintenance associated with smoke-stained walls and cigarette burns on furniture and floors.
Portland Housing Executive Director Mark Adelson says about 70 percent of the housing authority’s tenants are nonsmokers, but many of those who do smoke are unhappy.
Adelson tells the Portland Press Herald smokers “are not a protected class.”