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P.E.I. gets tough on smoking
Editor: Recently, complaints about smoking in seniors housing was mentioned to Minister Valerie Docherty. She stated that seniors are allowed to smoke there because it is their home.
Well guess what? I live in provincial seniors housing and so it is my home also. I do not want to breathe in other people’s smoke because I am an asthmatic and allergic to cigarette tobacco smoke.
Approximately one year ago a meeting was held in our common room at Duvar Court, hosted by Chris Reeves, superintendent of Seniors Housing P.E.I. He stated that if you were a smoker and you smoke in your apartment, then you must keep your door closed at all times.
But there are certain smokers who continually smoke with their doors open. I expect to have the right to live in a safe environment, not one that has been proven to cause cancer. I wish that the people in charge would enforce the rules, stop the madness.
The conclusion I have come to is Minister Valerie Docherty is a smoker herself otherwise why would she encourage people to do something that is proven a danger to their health and becomes a drain on the health-care system.
In 2008, I requested, accompanied by a doctor’s letter, a transfer to a non-smoking building. That was six years ago and I have heard nothing since. I am still waiting for that transfer.