Facing eviction, 89-year-old smoker plans to move


MILFORD, Ohio (AP) — An 89-year-old southwest Ohio woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone smoke-free.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Beulah “Billie” Toombs faces eviction after her apartment building’s management deemed her noncompliant. A smoker for seven decades or so, she thinks she should be allowed to do what she wants in her own home.

More than a year ago, the management of the apartments for low-income seniors announced a smoke-free policy. Residents were allowed one year of smoking with some conditions.

When the smoke-free policy kicked in this year, neighbors reported Toombs’ smoking. A regular apartment inspection this month found cigarette butts and ashtrays in her unit. So Toombs is looking for a new home.

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