Smoke Smoke Everywhere
June 2, 2008 by The Constant Complainer
OK, let me start out by saying that I don’t smoke. I have friends that smoke, but I personally don’t and never have. One of the happiest days in recent memory was when the State of Ohio (where I live) passed the Clean Indoor Air Act. It was enacted to regulate smoking in public places and businesses. Basically, there are no more smoking sections in restaurants. And all other bars and places of business must be smoke-free, etc. There is also an enforcement agency and complaint hotline that was established to help police violators.
I’ve had some run-in’s with people about smoking over the years. The first was at the post office, where I observed a woman smoking in her car (with the windows up) and an infant coughing in a car seat in the back of the vehicle. I think that time the parent in me just took over and fueled my anger. The second time, ironically also at the post office, was when I blew up at a guy smoking right in the entrance way. I just simply cannot stand smelling smoke, walking through it or even having it blown in my general vicinity. Of course when it comes to businesses, I have the telephone number to report violators auto-programmed into my cell phone. And I haven’t hesitated to use it!
Now, all these businesses out there in Ohio are stating that they are loosing business because of losing the smokers (customer base). Is that really true or is the rebuttal to them as easy as this: you’re not the only business that lost the smoking crowd. I tend to believe that no business is going to go bankrupt (even a bar) because smoking isn’t allowed in there. Even so, many places simply allow smoking outside of their businesses or a reasonable distance away from the doors. So it’s not like a smoker can’t physically go out and still enjoy a cigarette.
I don’t know why I get so upset. I mean, it doesn’t matter if I am walking outside, sitting in my car, at the store or standing in line somewhere. If I smell smoke, I immediately start to become irritated. So I want to hear from all you smokers and non-smokers out there. Am I being irrational or is it fair for a non-smoker to want to keep his/her air clean and without certain intoxicants?