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LMHA senior community to go smoke-free

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LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Big changes are on the way for several senior housing communities as leaders work to make them smoke-free.

It's 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.

LMHA leaders say they will work closely with residents to help them kick the habit.

"We 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."

Sherrod 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.

Leaders plan to make all LMHA communities smoke-free by 2017.

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