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also address implementation of the program because it would be difficult to ask somebody to quit cold turkey, he said.Possibilities include telling new residents moving in that they cannot smoke or giving current residents a year to stop, he said.Capoccia must also decide whether to implement a ban on smoking or create designated smoking areas outside the buildings."I think smokers are becoming more aware of other people's rights and they generally try to be respectful and go to one side where they won't bother anyone," Capoccia said."The reality is, it's tough singling out a particular class of people unless there is a concerted effort to make this universal," Hill said. "Meaning, if it was a statewide ban on smoking in public housing, it's more enforceable."Miriam Miner has lived at Pearl Brook Apartments for eight years and is among several residents who remember the fatal fire.Miner expressed mixed emotions about a smoking ban."There are some people who are very careful and do the proper thing and there are those who were negligent," she said. "I would like to think they would do it, but I don't know if it's fair for those that smoke."Diane Monette, who quit smoking 16 years ago, is in favor of a smoking ban at Pearl Brook.The venting system in the apartment buildings' bathrooms is connected so if one person is smoking, others in the building can smell it, she said."They can go outside and smoke, then it doesn't affect everybody," Monette said. "I quit for my health and now I don't want to smell everybody else's cigarette smoke."Ed Boudreau said smoking in public buildings is a health issue. He and Monette circulated a petition requesting a ban inside the buildings.Boudreau has asthma and bronchitis, so second hand smoke is hard on him, he said. He quit smoking 17 years ago.He and his wife, Phyllis, returned home a week ago and caught a whiff of cigarette smoke through the bathroom vent. An hour later, when they went to bed, the smell was permeating the home, he said.
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implement one in Leominster's public housing units as well."I've been pushing for it for quite some time because almost two years ago we had a fire in Lunenburg (in) which . eight units were destroyed, there were a number of people displaced permanently, and one man lost his life," Capoccia said. "We feel pretty strongly about ending smoking in our senior housing."The state Department of Housing and Burberry Backpack On Sale
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