A major issue for senior citizens

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P.E.I. gets tough on smoking

Editor: I would like to thank Etta Campbell for her letter on (Resident waiting to go smoke-free) on June 11, 2014.

I live in a provincial senior building. It is in the shape of an “X”, with a common room in the centre of it. There are 96 residents, four wings and two levels. I do not know how many smoke cigarettes but I do know there are now five heavy smokers in the “A” section. There were none on my floor until a few months ago.

We were told there are two wings for smokers but there are smokers in every wing and level. From outside, the venetian blinds for the long-term smokers range from a dirty gold to almost brown. That is going into the lungs of the people who do not smoke. Smoke travels through hallways and vents. Keeping doors closed is a joke.

Ms. Docherty’s office offered to move the victims to smoke-free. To where, I do not know. This problem exists in most other buildings. She said she was on top of this problem yet, smokers continue to move into this building on all wings. Unfortunately, she did not offer to move the smokers or give me the money for the move.

This is a big health issue for seniors.     

Flora Thompson,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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