We have a Subway here, and people smoke there. If someone is smoking, I actually get up and eat in the park, instead.
We had some teens, several lighting up at a pizza place. I asked if we could have it without smoke, and the owner said they didn’t have a non-smoking section. So, I got my pizza “to go” when, otherwise, had it not been for all that smoke, I would have stayed.
If I so much as am in a room with smoke, I can smell it on my hair, my clothes, even though I didn’t smoke.
A family member was in a car with us all. There were probably 6 of us, and the windows were shut, while he smoked a cigar. We couldn’t open the windows, since it was winter with the cold air.
Anyway, I really hated it. It was unpleasant in the extreme to have to be with that.
I have a sister with Raynaud’s disease, and we used to go to these church Penny socials. My mother, I think, asked the lady if she could refrain since my sister had a legitimate medical problem. The doctor said never to start smoking, that if she did, it’d be “…like jumping off a bridge”. The woman refused to stop, and this was a Catholic church function! So, this is the kind of attitude many have.
I worked with 2 coworkers in an office. If we backed up our chairs, we’d hit eachother. When I first started working there, it was non-smoking. Then, both overnight, started back smoking the same day. These ladies shared a cigar, in the office.
They’d also leave the windows open to the office all night even in the winter in the north!
Anyway, we’d all be freezing. People would be wearing coats around the office all to try to accommodate the smokers, and this was in a hospital!
We finally got them limited to smoking during breaks, but they’d simply take half-hour smoke breaks. The supervisor said she couldn’t afford them taking all these, to let them smoke again in the office.
I had severe arthritis and some respiratory problem which was all worsened by the arctic wind and smoke.
It was so awful. I was glad when I stopped working there.
I play chess with smokers, and they’ll ask to smoke. I really should say “no” since I have a respiratory problem but usually hate to speak up and say “okay”, instead.
I guess I need to be more assertive.
Oh, with the hospital, I wanted to take the smoking and freezing cold open window issue to the administration, but they were mostly smokers! This was before we had any laws about clean air.
We had a guy even smoking near an oxygen tank, in intensive care!
We only got some relief when we got some laws.
However, some smokers don’t like it when restaurants go smoke free, and some will go out and try to shut that restaurant down just out of spite…this has happened in the past.
I can generally smell smoke from quite a distance away.
I know smokers can be nice people, but if I ever got married, I don’t think I could ever marry a smoker. I also don’t think I’m alone in this. A lot of us non-smokers can’t take it. We’d need to move outside, then, or they would.
I taught here at a school in Mexico, and one day, almost none of my students were in class. Where are all my students? They were outside, smoking, didn’t even come into class! I wasn’t allowed to leave my room but broke the rule, felt I had to get my students.
A friend passed the school and commented on how there was always a cloud of smoke in front of my school.
I guess people generally get hooked when young. Very few start when they are older, but it’s sad. It adversely affects marriages, friendships, family…health…economics…all kinds of things.
Also, many smokers throw the cigarette butts all over the place, litter, big time.
It just can be hard on anyone who doesn’t smoke is all I’m saying.
We have kids imitating the adults, as well, wanting to be just like them. So, it continues.