Ever decide to go someplace based on whether or not you could smoke there?

  1. Just got off the phone with an old nonsmoking friend who was deeply regretting her Thanksgiving get-together with family. Not because they didn't get along, but because she was actually hoarse and red-eyed from sitting in a smoke-filled room. Apparently out of a group of about 10 people, not including children, she was the only non-smoker.

    All of which made me curious:

    Have you ever wondered whether or not to go to a function based on whether or not you can or cannot smoke, or if there would be smoking allowed at the function?
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  2. Poll: Ever gone somewhere or refused to go somewhere based on smoking or non-smoking?

    • Yes. I won't be in smoke, I don't care if the Pope's coming.

      42.31% 11
    • Yes, I won't go if I can't smoke, period.

      7.69% 2
    • No, I don't really care one way or the other.

      11.54% 3
    • No, but the smoke bothers me somewhat/not being able to smoke bothers me somewhat.

      19.23% 5
    • Depends on who's there or what's going on.

      11.54% 3
    • Other (please explain)

      7.69% 2
    26 Votes
  3. 20 Comments

  4. by   live4today
    Ohhhh this is a BIG all important topic! I absolutely will NOT venture where smoking occurs. I only go to restaurants that are nonsmoking, or at least have a totally separate nonsmoking side for nonsmokers to eat and relax. I never allowed or allow smoking in my home, around my children when they were small, and I never chose to date smokers. If I started dating a guy, and later found out he smoked, I would tell him politely that I do not tolerate smoking around me, therefore, we cannot see one another again. If a guy I meet even tolerates smoking around him, he is off my list of potential daters. I will NOT attend ANY function of ANY kind where I'm subjected to "burning tobacco" of any kind.

    It's the "HABIT" I hate with a passion.......NOT the person with the habit.
  5. by   Tweety
    I am not around smoking anymore now that there's the smoking law here in Florida. I'm so greatful for that.

    The worst was the bowling alley. I did go although the smoke bothered me. Same with dance clubs, when I used to go the smoke bothered me, but I still went.

    Now with the smoking ban the bowling alley is a pleasure. I don't go to dance clubs anymore so that's not an issue.

    Anyone I know who smokes is kind enough to smoke outdoors.
  6. by   donsterRN
    I'm a former smoker; I quit for good over 20 years ago. I used to think about lighting up every once in a while; maybe after dinner or if I go out for a drink or two. But I don't think about it much anymore. NY has laws now that prohibit smoking from most public buildings, so we no longer smell cigarettes in restaurants or bars. I suppose if that wasn't the case, I'd choose where we go more carefully, but it's not really necessary now.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Had an aunt that smoked like a freight train for years. One year, Thanksgiving was held at her house, and i wound up not going. Plenty of people in the family didn't after she said "well it's my house and i'm smoking."

    Well, i had no desire to be attached to my inhaler all night as a result.
  8. by   prmenrs
    I'm w/Marie.

    I used to like to go to the Indian casino to play Bingo. But when I came home, I would have to stand in front of the washing machine and strip to the skin, start the load w/just my clothes in it, then go up the stairs (yes, in the buff), and take a shower and wash my hair! I couldn't go to bed smelling like that. I don't go there anymore. Las Vegas is a nightmare!

    Now I have issues w/asthma, esp after a cold, but any environmental irritant will make my chest tighten up. So, I need to avoid tobacco smoke.
  9. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from prmenrs
    I'm w/Marie.

    I used to like to go to the Indian casino to play Bingo. But when I came home, I would have to stand in front of the washing machine and strip to the skin, start the load w/just my clothes in it, then go up the stairs (yes, in the buff), and take a shower and wash my hair! I couldn't go to bed smelling like that. I don't go there anymore. Las Vegas is a nightmare!

    Now I have issues w/asthma, esp after a cold, but any environmental irritant will make my chest tighten up. So, I need to avoid tobacco smoke.
    I'm with you guys. I'm truly allergic to smoke. I have Raynaud's phenomenon and smoking definitely irritates it. I've never been a bar person, and will only go to a smoke-free bowling alley (IF I even go bowling). I don't like the way it stays in my hair, gets on my clothes, and then gets in contact with other stuff in my closet.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    I voted "other".

    My grandma smoked like a chimney - always had a cig going, if just in the ashtray.

    But I still went to visit her. Still went to holiday gatherings at her house with all my smoking relatives.

    But I did as prmenrs did . . .got home, stripped off my clothes, tossed them in the washing machine and jumped in the shower and cleaned and cleaned.

    That smokey smell is just awful. Grandma used to send me packages with sweaters she had knitted and I could smell her house before I even opened the package.

    I loved my grandma, hated the cigs but my love for Grandma won out. I miss her - she ended up in a nursing home after breaking her hip and she stopped smoking then. But it wasn't the same as going to "Grandma's House".

    steph
  11. by   madwife2002
    I voted other because whilst I may take myself in a smoke filled atmosphere for celebrations I would not under any circumstances take my 4 year old daughter. I wont go to smoking restaurants.
  12. by   madwife2002
    Quote from prmenrs
    I'm w/Marie.

    I used to like to go to the Indian casino to play Bingo. But when I came home, I would have to stand in front of the washing machine and strip to the skin, start the load w/just my clothes in it, then go up the stairs (yes, in the buff), and take a shower and wash my hair! I couldn't go to bed smelling like that. I don't go there anymore. Las Vegas is a nightmare!

    Now I have issues w/asthma, esp after a cold, but any environmental irritant will make my chest tighten up. So, I need to avoid tobacco smoke.
    I aggree Las Vegas is awful for non smokers I was there a few weeks ago and I had fogotten what it was like when people smoked everywhere. I couldnt believe how I smelt afterwards and I am not an anti smoker I would if I wanted have one but I just never do anymore.
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    I absolutely will NOT go anywhere there's indoor smoking......period. I have asthma, and cigarette smoke goes straight to my airways; once I was in a casino for several hours, and when I came out I was wheezing so badly I could barely speak. (They have nonsmoking areas, but smoke doesn't respect signs, and besides.......I kept LOSING.)

    Ironically, I smoked like a chimney for years, and indeed wouldn't go anywhere I COULDN'T smoke. That all changed when I quit 15 years ago; I actually only quit because I was pregnant and it made me woozy, and I'd undoubtedly have started again if I didn't happen to develop asthma right after I had the baby. I've always thought that was God's way of making sure I never picked up another cigarette.......my breathing was bad even way back when I was in my 20s, I was always coming down with bronchitis or pneumonia, and one ER doctor even told me I wouldn't live to see 40 if I kept it up.

    That scared me bad enough to quit for a few months; of course, when you're 28, forty is an abstraction, not a real number, and I eventually took up where I'd left off. But I finally stayed quit after the last go-round, and now I wouldn't start again for anything........not now that I've seen what happens to people after 40 or 50 years of smoking.
  14. by   Roy Fokker
    Hmmm, I've got chronic bronchitis and if my inhaler isn't handy... a cigarette usually helps me. Don't ask me how or why, it just does. Especially if it's a menthol cigarette.

    I don't usually have trouble with smoking or smokers - I'm an ex-smoker myself and most other smokers I know are considerate enough to NOT smoke when someone objects.

    THAT said - I dislike people smoking in restrooms and bedrooms and cars. The smell never goes away. It smells really bad after a while.
  15. by   nurse4theplanet
    i guess I will be the odd man out here (straps on flameproof suit). I will not go to a non-smoking resturaunt where I will be having alcohol. Smoking and Drinking seem to go hand in hand unfortunately. I don't like to be in a non-smoking resturaunt for over thirty minutes and as soon as the check is at the table my butt is out the door puffing on a short! I smoke in my car even with non-smoking passengers (hey if you want to save a buck in gas that bad then you will put up with my habit). I don't smoke before I go to work, I don't smoke around other people's babies or small children (unless you count in the resturaunt, but in that case they should expect it because we have no non-smoking laws yet), and I can certainly go ALL day at work or thru a movie without smoking (unlike my parents who WON'T go to the movies bc they can't sit for two hrs and not have a cig). There is just something about eating and drinking alcohol that makes you crave a cig like you have just been let loose from the funny farm!

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