Johnna Stahl · Albuquerque, New Mexico
If you’re going to ban smoking for poor people, you might as well ban alcohol, too. Kids (and the public) are in more danger from parents who drink than from parents who smoke. We should also ban the use of pesticides on apartment grounds, especially where kids play. And now that we know that meat is carcinogenic, no more outside grilling at apartment complexes. In fact, no more cooking meat inside, either — smoke caused by meat can infect other tenants with cancer. And HUD should make sure its apartment complexes are a certain distance from other causes of pollution, like freeways and industrial sites. When was the last time HUD tested its properties for other toxins, not only in the air, but in the water, too?
This is plain and obvious discrimination against poor people (and renters), especially medical cannabis patients who choose to smoke their medicine. If poor people could afford homes, this discrimination wouldn’t be possible.