do you make any reactions when you come across someone smoking a cigarette?

@secretbear (19460)
Philippines
June 14, 2007 4:14am CST
I'm not being sensitive or everreacting, but whenever I come across someone smoking a cigarette, I either wrinkle my nose, cover my nose and mouth with my hand or hanky, or wave my hand like a fan in front of my nose/face to clear the air. I just don't like the smell of cigarette though I tried smoking once. ^__^;; I hated the experience. and I swear i'll never do it again not even a puff. how about you? do you make any reactions when you came across someone smoking?
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14 Jun 07
well, i am too a smoker so it would be pretty odd to have any kind of other reaction than "excuse me, do you have a light?" if i need one :)
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
hahaha! some of my smoking friends sometimes jokingly and stupidly ask me if I have a light. LOL they just can't quit smoking they say. it became their habit and they said it helps in the digestion of the food they ate.
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15 Jun 07
my sister (who does not smoke) started having a lighter with her everywhere she goes... just because she was going through what you just said :)
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
hahaha! pity her. ^__^;; i had a lighter too. but it was for emergency purposes way back in college when i was living in a boarding house/dormitory. i needed something like it just in case i need to light a candle. ^__^;; i dont carry it around. now, i dont have one.
• United States
14 Jun 07
I don't blame your reactions. I also try to avoid people when they're smoking. Not only does it stink and sometimes make me sneeze but at times you can taste their smoke. Ugh! I'll turn my head, fan my face or cover my nose and mouth briefly if it's too close and unavoidable. I don't know what it's like in the Philippines but laws here are making it tougher for smokers to be in public. By the way. You changed colors. Hope you're not really feeling blue. LOL ‹(°¿°)›
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• United States
15 Jun 07
Good association. It's true with a lot of my friends because of deadlines and nagging clients. I'm sure it's not the only reason why they smoke but it sure does contribute to their stress. When I'm in deep thought you might catch me biting my lower lip from time to time. That's about it. I don't smoke mainly because my parents were heavy smokers and it drove me nuts. I can't be with a woman who smokes either. The smell, the taste when you kiss. Ugh! Glad to know you're not blue. Let me know when you want to add an image. We'll do it together. ‹(°¿°)›
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
really? my mother too was a chain smoker before. i dont know about my father coz they were separated when i was 3. my mother though, quit smoking all by herself. not with any help of someone or anything. i gave her the thumbs up for that. i didnt like her smoking too. i feel like i can smell the smoke wherever inside the house even if she smokes outside the house. i still do though, because my older sister smokes. my brother smokes too but he doesnt live with us anymore since he got married. anyway... well, as for my smoking friends, if they dont listen to me, its ok. as long as their smoking doesnt bother me. ^__^ an image! yeah.. i forgot about that.. yup, i'll call for help if i get in the mood to edit my page again. ^__^;; thanks jumpinjack. and if i blue, i'll for cheer up-ping. ^__^;;
• United States
16 Jun 07
Good for your mom. She'll be around a lot longer for the two of you to enjoy each other's company. Glad to know you only tried it and didn't continue. We can't change others unless they see the light all by themselves. So we accept our siblings, friends and others for who they are. Putting an image up this time will be painless. I promise. Just let me know when. ‹(°¿°)›
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@stvasile (7314)
• Romania
14 Jun 07
I usually choke when I get smoke in my face. My breath just stops, so it's obvious that it bothers me. Not that anyone would care they bother other people...
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@stvasile (7314)
• Romania
15 Jun 07
In my country, smoking in public places is forbidden by law. I'll bet you everything I own that not a single smoker was fined in my country for smoking in public. You get choked from smoke on the street every day.
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• United States
15 Jun 07
Wish it was that way in the US. Totally banned in public places. They're working on it. ‹(°¿°)›
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@stvasile (7314)
• Romania
15 Jun 07
If they issue the law but they never enforce it, it's useless...
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@jsumbing (155)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
i smoke...but i see to it that people around me won't mind my smoking...if i'm around non-smoking people, i excuse myself and do it outside or away from them...
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
the ever considerate sem. ^__^ i'd be disappointed if you do otherwise. but still, cantyou just quit smoking? ^__^ i'll treat you to a movie (fantastic four) if you do.. hehe..
@jsumbing (155)
• Philippines
16 Jun 07
ummmm, how about treating me to 5 times...kaso anlayo mo sis...hahaha
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Jun 07
5 times lang pala e.. ^__^;; what other movies would you like to watch? basta ba you'll totally quit smoking e. ^__^
@sang2k2 (1833)
• India
10 Nov 07
hi secret bear, i have the same reactions as like yours as well as i just move out of that palce. I have never tried smoking an would not evr but i had tried taking a hukka if your are aware that as well with a fruit flavour but i cudnt and thought of never doing it. Actually i cant just stand smell of anything..and smoke is the worst.
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
what is a hukka?
@sang2k2 (1833)
• India
19 Nov 07
hukka is an olden style of smoking, even chillums offlately hukkas are introduced in hotels and restaurants by adding fruit flavor to it they serve u. it has a pot and a pipe attached to the pot on one end and the other end is used by the person to take a puff.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
28 Dec 07
oh i see. so that's a hukka. thanks for the info sang2k2. its always fun to learn something interesting. ^__^
@livewyre (2455)
11 Jul 07
I think you're right to react in that way.. If you are (even slightly) offended by smoke, there is no reason why you shouldn't be allowed to make your feelings known. There are other bad smells that are unacceptable in company - why would you tolerate smoke which can in fact damage your own health.
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@livewyre (2455)
12 Jul 07
Last week, a UK politician was approached and 'cautioned' by transport police for smoking on a train (this is illegal now in the UK - he is a politician, he helped to make the law!!??!!). He tried to say that it was OK because he had his head out of the window... The police said 'really..? you had your head out of the window??', 'Yes' he replied, 'OK' said the policeman 'we are now going to caution you for sticking your head out of a moving train!!' ha ha ha - it's absolutely true, check it out
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
13 Jul 07
really? hahaha! serves him right! these kind of politicians ought to be ashamed of themselves. they created a law, they should be the first ones to follow it! right? they are really abusing their power with much gusto. good thing the police were straight and honest to their jobs. they should be lauded for that. hurrah for them! ^__^ I wish all police are like that. they won't care if the offender is of higher authority like politicians.
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
16 Dec 07
i'm a ex smoker but still that doesn't means that i have to avoid all those places or ple who smokes.. because i wanna prove to myself that i'm no longer under the influence of cigratte and wun be tempted bt it again ^_^ and wat u doing is very normal, when i'm still a smoker last time, whenevr ple pass me when i'm smoking, they will either cover their nose or give me a dirty kinda look ^_^;; but as a smoker, i do think of ple too.. ANd that's y when children, woman or girls coming my way, i will turn away and blow out the smoke to elsewear ^_^ hehe.. take it as a respect to them and make it healthier for the kids ^_^
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
31 Dec 07
oh kun, you smoked before??? was it hard when you were quitting? what made you quit??
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
2 Jan 08
yes, i was a smoker b4.. ANd i did thinking of quitting after smoking for 3 yrs.. But i din really quit till 6 years after i started smoking ^_^ THe reason is due to the increasing price of cigrattes here is way too high and thus i decide to quit ^_^ Same like all others, i tot quitting will be hard and i tried to cut down the number of sticks i puff everyday( from 10 a day to 3 a day) hehe.. I felt like it's very troublesome to control it like that and so i went cold turkey instead.. LOL.. But luckily for me, i do exercises reguarly, so i din face with any withdrawal symptons ^_^ hehe.. and till now, i haven touch any cigrattes for 1.5 years ^_^ hehe
• India
19 Nov 07
I hate smoking.. But i don't blame smokers who smoke to keep their body warm..yet i don't like chain smokers.. I thy smoke near me, i ask them to either stand a little away or drop it for the time..
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@angelface23 (2497)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I smoke and obviously it doesn't bother me when I'm doing it but if I'm not smoking and someone around me is I don't like the smell of it and it kinda makes me sick. I have to get away from it. I know that probably makes no sense but I just think of it as the second hand smoke is worse than actually smoking.
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
30 Dec 07
LOL that sounds weird. ^__^;; a smoker that doesn't like second hand smoke.. doesn't make any sense, just like you said. LOL
• Philippines
18 Nov 07
It depends. I'm a non-smoker myself, but if the person smoking is sensitive enough to blow his smoke away from the general public, then I don't mind. In front of my friends, I don't mind either unless they've been smoking too long that I can't breathe well anymore -- then I would excuse myself. Or if I happen to pass by a smoking area, it doesn't bother me because I know they're free to smoke there. But then there are rude people who smoke in your face in public places or in non-smoking areas... that's when I cover my nose or wave my hand to clear the air. These people should really learn to be more sensitive to others.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
30 Dec 07
yeah. these rude people should learn to have manners and be sensitive to other people. ^__^
• South Korea
18 Nov 07
fankly,i hate them.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
30 Dec 07
oops. careful there. there are lots of smokers here. ^__^
@rurique (116)
• Portugal
18 Nov 07
no, but i dont feel very well about it.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
you should let it out man. if you don't feel well about it, then do something about it! ^__^
• United States
13 Nov 07
I don't know that I purposely do so; but, I am allergic to smoke..so naturally I may cough, cover my nose or walk away.. I have asthma and smoke triggers a reaction:)
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
purposely or not, we have the right to react, especially if the smoker is smoking in a prohibited area.
• United States
13 Nov 07
I have smoked for 40 years with no adverse effects. Sorry, but have no understanding of what you are saying. sunnywaters
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
for sure? I can't believe that. there's an effect, you're not jus aware of it.
@davido (1623)
• Canada
13 Nov 07
I am very sensitive to smoking i simply let them know that i detest smoking no hiding about it because they could be so self centered when they are smoking!
@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
you're right about that! some smokers really do get inconsiderate. they never think of the people around them who can inhale the smoke.
@subathra (3519)
• India
13 Nov 07
I hate that smell and most hate those who smoke in public places causing inconvenience to others..some of my friends smoke but they never even take a puff if am with them since they know very well that i hate that smell.. i happen to see lot of people cooly smoking not even noticing that there are people walking beside and behind them..i either close my nose with my hand kerchief, walk fast so as to cross that smoker , wave my hand if some one accidently puffs in front of my face..
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
most of my friends are considerate too. when they are smoking, usually when we're having a drinking session, they would puff out the smoke away from me. they know I don't smoke and I don't like the smell of the smoke.
• United States
10 Nov 07
I do not breathe, I will cover my nose, or I will move away from that person as quickly as I can. I am allergic to smoking.
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
sometimes I tend to move away too. but sometimes I get so stubborn and I will say to myself "why should I be the one move away?? I was the first one here. h should move away, he's on the wrong side of the world." ^__^;;
@cuteclavs (109)
• Philippines
10 Nov 07
Hello there! Like you, I also make many reactions whenever I pass by someone who smokes or either ways. But what I tremendously do to stop them smoking is telling something to myself though I intend my message to them. I usually give a nasty sigh telling myself quite loud, HELLO?! NO SMOKING PLEASE with an act of coughing. Sometimes I want them to hear that I'M AN ASTHMATIC PERSON and I really am. Funny it may seem but it's effective..:)
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
good for you haven't encountered rude person. some smokers will still continue to smoke even if they see people coughing around them.
@academic2 (7005)
• Uganda
9 Nov 07
Yes I openly frawn if am polite, but in most cases I go into a verbal attack on careless smokers who puff smoke anywhere and blow it onto crowds because I get very much affected by tobaco smoke since am also mildly asthmatic.
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@ESKARENA1 (18296)
9 Nov 07
As a ex smoker, i tend to be a little more sensative than most to smoke so i tend just to walki away. I do feel people who wave their hand like a fan tend to look a little retarded however blessed be
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@secretbear (19460)
• Philippines
13 Nov 07
LOL so i tend to look like a retarded when i wave my hand?? ^__^;; at least a retarded is innocent than the insensitive smoker. LOL good for you you're sensitive towards others.