VIEWPOINTS: Do you agree with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s recent announcement that smoking will be banned in all public housing developments?

Faith Favell, St. Louis I live in an apartment, and my neighbors are chain smokers. The smoke comes through the vents [and] my house would smell like a tavern if I didn't use Glade PlugIns in every room, and on top of that I have developed bronchitis twice. I say smoke outside.John Howard, Charlotte, North Carolina I don't think you can target a certain group of people and tell people how they should live because tobacco is legal. It's totally unnecessary. If you're going to restrict it, restrict it for all people and not just poor people. I think the Republicans are always trying to tell people how to live their lives instead of looking at themselves.Martha Moore, Washington, D.C. They need to do something about all the guns that are killing more people in public housing than smoking.Reno Corrington, Miami Although I detest cigarette smoke and wish that everyone would quit, I think that telling Americans what they can do to their own bodies in the homes that they live in — even public housing — is an intrusion on American rights. … Considering that many people in public housing are veterans and the elderly who live off of Social Security, I think that they have earned the right to do what they want in their homes.Tawana Nicole, Washington, D.C. In D.C., smoking is not allowed in apartments, regardless if folks are paying three grand for a two-bedroom. It's not just in your apartment either, but also common areas like pools, your balcony or patio. Basically, you can only smoke in your car, but I appreciate it as a nonsmoker.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at E-mail: Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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