No Smoking Ban
November 17, 2011 6:32pm CST
It's been several years since our state enforced the no smoking ban in public facilities. It was VERY difficult to adjust being a die hard smoker that I am and would light up anywhere I could. Now after all these years I am glad for the ban. I mean in some places where you are at for long hours like Casino's and Bars as long as they have warm designatd place for smokers to go that is all I could ask for. I still feel businesses lost a lot of business by this ban. Many though did what they could to accomdate smokers which was very nice. I mean we are smokers but it's not illegal to smoke & we are not monsters. In some aspects I think the smoking ban has made smokers a minority. We are treated rudely and many people shun us or comment on how we stink. Any thoughts?
• United States
21 Nov 11
I definitely agree with you. I smoke, too, and the attitude of most people toward smokers is getting so very hostile. The way some people act, we are criminals for exposing them to even the scent of our cigs. Last week I was shopping at the mall, and had gone outside for a much-needed smoke, standing nowhere near the doors, and some woman (who was not within 20 feet of me!) made a face and loudly said to her friend some snide comment like "I wish they'd all get cancer and die!" I couldn't believe she had the nerve to say that! The anti-smokers feel like they can be as rude as they want (so much for tolerance and civility!) I DO think the second-hand phobia is a little overblown, though I try to be considerate about not smoking near people who don't. I have no problem with restaurants not having smoking areas--heck, even I don't like to be surrounded by smoke while I'm eating. I think eliminating smoking in all bars is ridiculous--I think it should be up to the owner. I'm not ready to quit yet (but I have tried a few times in the past). I guess there is a bit of me that rebels against the pressure that society is putting on all of us to quit. And I admit that I still do enjoy it--most of the time. Anyhow, I know exactly what you are talking about!
• United States
22 Nov 11
EXACTLY! I so agree with everything you said 100%. Yes we are addicted to something that could potentionately kill us. The second hand effects could be bad for other's around us and I get the whole idea behind the third hand smoke thing now too. My biggest thing is now if they don't want us smoking then I say make it illegal. Make the medical insurance better so that it covers EVERY TYPE of way for a smoker to quit. And free! I guess you can say I rebel too. I mean I honestly started smoking out of rebellion. I think that lady was awful to say that and I'm sorry you had to deal w/that. Some people just have no class, respect or understanding.
18 Nov 11
I share the same sentiments. Sometimes I wonder what happened to equal rights. It's as if smokers are being discriminated. There are responsible smokers. Not all are rude and insensitive to the health and welfare of the nonsmokers. Banning isn't the best solution. Proper designation of smoking areas is.
• United States
18 Nov 11
Exactly! Well said. I mean it's not like I am happy about what it does to my body or what second hand smoke does and that it's an addiction now. BUT until it's illegal how can they do this to us. If smokers genuinly respected those that don't smoke and smoke in the designated areas and don't liter (which I still do when i'm driving and need to stop doing) then I think we should still be treated as any other person. I mean drinking is only against the law if you don't obey the laws or get out of hand and it should be the same with smoking. We can drink anywhere practically BUT walking in the streets. But you know what I mean right? It is like being discriminated on. I even get almost embarrased in the car when I pull up next to a car and assuming they are non smokers and upset that they can smell my smoke. It's a bummer. I do admit however that I smoke a lot less and I am more aware now about smoking then I ever was. Thanks for responding!