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28 February 2011 @ 08:19 am
On smoking and non-smoking spaces  
So much of my world -- primarily workplaces and restaurants -- has become non-smoking that I've become much more sensitive to cigarette smoke.

I attended a private party at a club on Saturday night. There was a sign marking the non-smoking section, and that's where I sat, but it appears that air molecules can't read, so I ended up leaving very early, hacking and coughing. I don't expect I'll be going back, which is unfortunate, because it sounds as though it was a damn fine evening.

Please note: This is an expression of mild disappointment that I am so intolerant of cigarette smoke, not a demand that the club be made non-smoking. It's a private event at a private club and restricted to 21 and older, so they have every right to allow smoking in their space. That is why I have used my "entitlement" icon (which is also used for Dumbledore, silliness, and socks, so there).
tassie_galtassie_gal on February 28th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
I cant walk behind a smoker without feeling sick. I am that sensitive. So sensitive it shows up in allergy tests. You have my sympathies. In Australia I think the only place you can smoke is 10 metres outside a building! Even private events in clubs are non smoking IIRC.
browngirl on February 28th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
That sounds distinctly annoying! I am sorry.

(And goodness, no, even without your disclaimer, I caught no whiff of Death To The Smokers off this post.)
Cymru Llewescymrullewes on February 28th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
It is posts like this that make me wish ever more fervently for in the nose filters for things like tobacco smoke and skunk.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on February 28th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
"Having a non-smoking section in a restaurant is like having a non-peeing section in a swimming pool."

IOW, unless the two sections are physically separated and there's no cross-circulation in the ductwork, there really is no such thing as a non-smoking section. As you point out, molecules can't read.

Which, as you note, is their right, but it would be much more honest of them to simply post that this is a smoking establishment and be done with it, rather than pretending they can have it both ways.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 28th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
I think the "no smoking section" is a new thing, started just this month, and I did tell the owners as I was leaving why I was leaving. Politely, mind you, and not demanding my money back, because I did know going into it that smoking was allowed in part of the room.
glinda_wglinda_w on February 28th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I am so very grateful for the laws making public restaurants non-smoking. Was even before the chronic bronchitis hit. It's nice to be able to go out and continue breathing...
LeiaCatleiacat on March 1st, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
This would be why I'd be highly unlikely to attend a function like that, whether private or public. Or, I expect, any function in the space.

It most assuredly does suck to be excluded from things for wanting to breathe and having special requirements about it.