The Allegheny County Housing Authority has stated effective immediately that five of its sites are being made smoke free. The county which included Pittsburgh has designated 330 units as non-smoking.
According to executive director Frank Aggazio, “The Housing Authority’s mission is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for families and individuals in Allegheny County, and to change the traditional face of public housing. Adopting a smoke-free policy in our facilities improves our residents’ health and also allows the Authority to keep its investments in good condition. While the number of smokers in Allegheny County remains higher than average, we also know that 70% of those who smoke, want to quit and this policy can help with that goal.” On a side note, evidently Mr. Aggazio is a mind reader.
Allegheny County is home to 1.2 million residents over 745 square miles and was founded in 1788.