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Elderly Newington Couple Facing Eviction For Smoking

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The consequences of smoking have been well-documented – but now you can add eviction to the list for an elderly Newington couple.

Andy Nowicki has been smoking for 70 years. Now that life-long habit for the World War II veteran might land him on the outside looking in, as the Newington Housing Authority is suing to evict the soon-to-be 90-year-old and his 90-year-old wife from their senior housing apartment in Cedar Village.

The reason – Nowicki is smoking in the building’s breezeway, instead of the newly required 10-feet from the building.

He can barely walk and his wife has Alzheimer’s Disease – couple that with a fixed income and they have limited other options.

Wethersfield’s state senator Paul Doyle (D) – a lawyer – is fighting the case – Pro bono.

Interestingly enough, Nowicki started smoking while serving in the war because the army was providing him with free cigarettes,.

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