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An old man is being evicted from the apartment he and his wife have shared for the last 20 years because he won't quit smoking.

New rules have been in effect for the last two years in their Connecticut complex, property managers say, and some of their tenants have medical issues that are worsened by others smoking nearby.  Everyone has to walk at least ten feet away from the building before they light up.  If they made an exception for him, they'd have to make one for everyone.

I dunno.  He's been there 20 years.  He's over 90 years old.  How much longer do you think he's gonna be smoking in the apartment?  It would be nice if they could all come to some sort of an agreement, but at the same time, if the ductwork is all connected and I lived there? I wouldn't want to breathe his fumes.  Not to mention, I have a very asthmatic child.  It's just not OK to put him at risk because you like your Marlboros.

So what would be a fair solution?  


  1. It would be fairer if they rehoused him in a block where other tenants smoked. The again, he's 90+ and and it seems unfair to make someone of that age pack up and move on.
    It's one of those dammed if you do, damned if you don't situations.

    1. Exactly what I thought. At the very least they could let new tenants know that there is a very old, sick man grandfathered in there. They could even have a "smoking" building and charge $50 extra a month (everyone wins!).

  2. How about they put him on a stand alone air conditioning and when he goes make his apartment for smokers only and charge an extra fee for the changes.

    1. Welcome, Merle!

      Yeah, can you imagine how badly the place must smell, after smoking in it for 20 years? Might as well make it for smokers only.

  3. Find him a new apartment? I would hate having to breathe anyone's smoke. It makes me want to throw up!

    1. Someone would have to move him, though. Only think how smelly his stuff is.

  4. He's been there 20 years, faithfully paying his rent. It IS UNFAIR to move him. Meanwhile, this is coming from the daughter of a life-long smoker who died at 55 due to cancer. I will add that it is also unfair to those who cannot tolerate smoke. I was at a convention all weekend and had to walk through smokers whenever I left the hotels... I still have a headache and my throat is still raw... So it sucks to have to deal with it... but he was there first, so in my estimation, he should win.

    Someone buy the man smokeless cigarettes or something.

    1. Yes, I think they should tell new tenants this guy is grandfathered (!!) in. :)


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