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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Look, I'm not trying to tell you not to smoke. I'm not going to get into the cost to society (read: me) that your little habit generates when you come down with all the lovely health problems associated with sucking hot tar into your lungs. Nor will I ramble on about the litany of negative effects that smoking causes on a personal level. Sure, there's nothing good about it, but it's your RIGHT as a consumer, and gosh darn it, I'll defend that.

It's just... well, I have pretty, pink, healthy lungs and I'd like to keep them that way. When you stand directly in front of the door that I'm trying to walk through to get to my next class - huddling under the awning because you have to smoke outside, only the outside is cold and rainy, and while you need your fix, you don't wanna actually get wet, and it's probably hard to hold a lighter AND a cigarette AND an umbrella - it forces me and the rest of us non-poison breathing pedestrians to share your noxious fumes. (try reading that sentence all in one breath, smoker.)
You got up this morning, took a shower, did your hair, made yourself all attractive for school because you've got to impress the rest of the student body with your awesomeness. Why ruin that by huddling in the rain with a tube of smelly fire dangling out of your mouth? It's decidedly not awesome, most especially when you're pissing off the people who have to walk through the cloud of crap that you just expelled from your sickly lungs.

It's gotten so bad on campus, that when I open a door to walk outside, I instinctively hold my breath now. :(
posted by hilary at 10:52 AM |


Blogger ::Ali:: said...

That sucks!!
Even as a smoker I am not that rude! They should have them little cubical things that alot of places have now adays to smoke in!
Sorry you have to breath it in at school!

2/01/2006 12:22 PM  
Blogger Hilary-Dilary-Dock said...

Do we go to the same school?! My friend and I complain about this very issue everyday. The only place to smoke is outside. But all the ashtrays and such are right at the doors! So between classes, there are tons of people outside smoking. Like you said, it's their right...but where is my right to be able to head out a door that is actually smokefree?! I chose not to smoke so therefore I should be able to walk outside without inhaling second-hand smoke, which has been proved is worse than first-hand smoke!

Anyway, I guess I'll go and fill out one of those suggestion cards calling for at least ONE smoke-free door for those who don't smoke to walk in and out the way, there are 4 doors one can walk through plus there is a designated smoking area outside the student lounge. There are more places to smoke around the school than there are smoke-free places.

The college I go to is small and has one main building...that is what I just described above. They are in the process of expanding so right now there is a smaller building that has 2 doorways...which people smoke at, and then those portable buildings that people stand outside the doors to smoke as well. I haven't been to the nursing department building but I can tell you I am sure it's the same way. So no matter what door one may try to go out of to get outside, they'll be bombarded with cigarette smoke.

And like you said, it's gotten so bad, I look at the doorways I can see when walking to the building and choose the one without smokers to enter...even if it means I have to walk out of my way to get into the building instead of using the doorway that is closer.

2/01/2006 3:13 PM  
Blogger Blue said...

Ugh, I hate that! I'm so glad Sailor finally quit smoking, but even when he did, he was never rude about it.

2/02/2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger ~ Jayme ~ said...

Smoking is so freaking disgusting!! I can't stand it when I'm around my smoker friends and they blow smoke all over me. It takes my breath away and I get all choked up. Rude people!! I tell my friend how it is too, that I don't smoke and don't care to have the crap blown in my face cause it's nasty, stinks and takes my breath away. They're like, oh I'm sorry, trying to fan it away. Just as the next puff comes, I get blown in the face again. UGH! I hate it! Hate it hate it hate it!

UGH!!!!! Smokers SUCK! You just don't know how happy I am that my mom finally quit smoking after 28 1/2 years of living with that nasty crap. *Thank you Mama*

2/03/2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger JC said...

Well I'm a smoker a lot of times I wished I wasn't. I am not a rude smoker. If I am around ppl that don't smoke I won't smoke around them. I do respect that they don't smoke and don't want to be around the smoke.

2/03/2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

Well now would be a great time to quit! You wanna keep the babies lungs nice and clean, right? :)

2/03/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Blue said...

Ooops, that was supposed to read baby's, not babies. LOL

2/03/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

Ugh, I wish I could complain more but recently I've taken to having the odd cigarette, and the experience always leaves me feeling puzzled as to how anyone can become addicted to something so disgusting.

What really gets me is how a friend who's just had a cigarette can come over and briefly hug you, only to somehow TRANSFER the smell of cancer onto you! How does that work?!

2/07/2006 6:06 PM  

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