New residents will have to sign an agreement pledging not to puff away indoors.
COUNCIL tenants could be banned from having cigarettes inside their OWN homes in a radical plan to protect children and residents from second hand smoke, a public health chief revealed.
New tenants would be required to sign an agreement pledging not to smoke before they move into housing association or local authority properties.
Since 2015 smoking in cars has been illegal and this is the latest government scheme to stamp out the number of people suffering from others puffing away around them.
Professor John Middleton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, told the Sunday Times that adults smoking in homes damaged the development of children’s lungs and put babies at risk of cot death.
He said: “Housing associations and councils are looking at smoke-free housing buildings.
“Where children are involved I think there is a real case for it.
“You wouldn’t evict a load of tenants for smoking.
“Where you have got new premises, you could have smoke-free agreements from the start.”
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of anti-smoking charity Ash, said people were often “frustrated by councils’ and social landlords’ failure to take action”.
But Simon Clark, director of the pro-smoking campaign group Forest, claimed the ban “would penalise unfairly those who can’t afford to buy their own homes”.
Yesterday it emerged a smoker was hit with a £500 fine for dropping a cigarette butt in the street.
The new legislation, to be introduced later this month, means standardised packaging featuring hideous images of the damage caused by smoking will become the LAW – and it will be illegal to sell packets which do not conform to these restrictions.