Thursday, November 15, 2007

YUCK

I apologize if this post is going to offend any of my readers out there, and if you are a smoker it may. Some months back the county that we live in passed a law to be smoke free in all public places, with one exception. It didn't apply to restaurants and bars. So why even pass the law in the first place? What is more public than restaurants? This happened some time ago but I am still fuming over it especially after tonight. My daughter had a dance lesson for an hour so my husband and I decided that we would go out to dinner while she had her lesson. We got seated and immediately were overcome by cigarette smoke. Do people not realize how unpleasant this is for non-smokers? We couldn't wait to get out of there. We hurried and finished our meal and quickly left. We still had 1/2 an hour before our daughter was done. It would have been nice to sit and enjoy a glass of ice tea while spending time with my husband but instead we went and sat in the car and waited for Jordan to get out of her lesson. I wish smokers could spend a few days with me in the OR (I am an OR nurse) and see the effects of smoking. 90% of bladder cancers are connected to smoking, not to mention heart disease...my list could go on and on. But that is fine. If they want to pollute their own bodies that is their business and they have that right, but I too should have the right to be in a public place and enjoy a smoke free environment.

3 comments:

Balboa & Mommy said...

I also can't stand the smell of smoke when I eat. I understand that they have a right to smoke, but I don't want any of it near or on me.

Karen

74WIXYgrad said...

My mother died from COPD, so I share in your sentiments.

A year ago, Ohioans voted to ban smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars. It took some time for the law to be enforced and one of the restaurants we went to put their smoking section in front of the place. We went there and we asked why the law wasn't being enforced. We were told that they didn't have to follow the law yet. My wife needed a breathing treatment when we got home.

One of the biggest problems with people trying to exercise their rights, is they always violate other's people's well being.

Frasypoo said...

Hi Jessica,
I agree with you.I have developed wheezing when I am around smokers.I hate the fact that it sticks to clothes and hair etc