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A Merritt director with the BC Lung Association supports a decision by the Ontario Government to shoot down a recommendation to let landlords ban smoking in rental apartments.

Richie Gage says to impose such a ban would be hard to do.

However, Gage says it's a little different when it comes to smoking on apartment balconies.

Opposition politicians in Ontario argue that a ban on smoking in apartments would force people with mental health issues who are also addicted to tobacco out of their homes.

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