Editor: About a month ago, I wrote about the tenants being allowed to smoke in every senior provincial housing apartment building in P.E.I. but not one other provincial building.
I did have some feedback from a few politicians but many of them had nothing to say to me by phone or by email.
One MLA agreed all the smokers should be in one building so they can do no harm to non-smokers.
One minister’s right-hand man asked me if I wanted to move to another apartment. Why should I move? I am the victim of second- hand smoke. However, he did not offer the $600 to $1,000 for the move and the guarantee it would be a No Smoking building.
He did not seem to understand that every provincial seniors building on P.E.I. has smokers. I was told there were designated wings for smokers but that is not true. The non-smokers cannot get away from the smoke in any of the buildings. This right-hand man did not seem to understand that smoke travels from the source and reaches the non-smokers everywhere in the building at some time during the day or night. The smokers do not have to smoke in hallways . . . smoke has a way of moving.
Relatives of mine in senior housing say this problem has existed for more than 20 years. In that time, not one thing has been done by government to help seniors who do not smoke. I have to wonder what is going to happen to the health-care system as more and more of us develop more serious breathing problems. As seniors, most of us have some or many health problems without second–hand smoke causing more.
As I said before, if they want to cough themselves to death with all types of lung disease, let them. All I ask is that it is in a smokers’ building.