2016-10-14 / Letters

Letter writer can’t support smokers

To the editor:

This letter is regarding Linda Cohen’s letter to the paper about the rights of smokers. Sorry but in my humble opinion smokers don’t have any rights.

I have COPD – nothing to do with smoking (I am evidently a freak who has never smoked but who has the disease) and I hate being near to anyone who is smoking. My belief has always been if smokers want to smoke, let them smoke in their own homes and not pollute my air. Why can’t South Portland Housing Authority charge people who smoke a slightly higher rate to cover the cleaning and fumigating of their homes when they move out. I think it’s a no brainer. I hate cigarette smoke – the happiest day I had in a 17-year career with UNUM was the day they finally disallowed smoking in the building.

Second hand cigarette smoke is carcinogenic. I would ban smoking everywhere except in people’s own homes where they can smoke to their heart’s content as long as the unit is thoroughly cleaned before a nonsmoker or anyone else can move in. This is really important – smoking is dangerous and I don’t want to be anywhere near it. I suspect many people feel the same.

I know, like and respect Ms. Cohen. This letter merely reflects my strong views on smoking.

Deborah F. Coward South Portland

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