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LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
changes are on the way for several senior housing communities as leaders work
to make them smoke-free.
part of an effort by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority. Starting Jan. 1,
all 850 units in LMHA's senior housing community will be smoke-free as part of
a new police that bans smoking inside individual units and common areas. Designated
smoking areas will be set up outside.
leaders say they will work closely with residents to help them kick the habit.
are going to work with them, literally bend over backwards trying to get them
to break a habit," said Daniel Sherrod from LMHA. "Because we understand a lot
of our residents have been smoking 20, 30, 40, 50 years and for us to change it
overnight is going to require patience on our part and an effort on their part."
says those who don't comply will be asked to move out, and having smoke-free
buildings will create a better environment for residents and staff and reduce
their maintenance costs.
plan to make all LMHA communities smoke-free by 2017.