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Do You Ask People Not to Smoke Around You?

I am not a fan of breathing secondhand smoke, but it's rare that I'm around smokers so it is hardly ever an issue. However, standing outside of a restaurant recently, I saw a patron tell a man who was smoking to put it out or take his smoke around the corner. I'll admit, I was shocked and overjoyed all at once. The man looked at her amazed, but ended up walking away.

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Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 7 years
In nearly all states there is some kind of "foot" rule (eg 40 foot, 15 foot etc) where smokers have to be X feet away from any building expect a personal residence. I know it's personal choice and all that, but their personal choice affects my health (and others) that's a proven fact. The idiot eating some greasy food that is clogging his/her arteries does not hurt me, but someone lighting up does. I have sever asthma and cigarette smoke is a major trigger for me. I have actually had to be rushed to the ER because some people weren't obeying the 40 foot law outside my place of work and I breathed in the smoke before I realized, and began to have a massive asthma attack, and those smokers just kept smoking...(granted it gets a little fizzy so maybe eventually they helped). So, yes I would ask them, for the sake of those who are allergic or have asthma to move. Smokers are like modern lepers, it's unattractive smells awful, and very unsexy. If you want to smoke I'm all for freedom of choice, just don't harm others in the process, meaning don't smoke anywhere but inside you home, car or designated areas. Public places do not mean you get hurt others. At least be considerate, you might help repair smokers reputation. If you're a smoker and are offended, get over it, I don't care if people want to engage in a behavior that will hurt them, but smoking around other nonsmokers hurts them, and I'm not okay when the behavior starts hurting others.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
It doesn't bother me.
Greentie Greentie 7 years
Same as mercurymornir, most smokers will understand if you explain...
mercurymorning mercurymorning 7 years
I have no qualms about asking people to put out their cigs (or move) because I have asthma that was caused by secondhand smoke. I'm polite and let them know that I'm allergic to smoke. It's never been tense or awkward, and I am never condescending towards people. I hate cigarettes, not smokers.
pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
I'd like to ask them to put it out but I don't have the guts. this is my answer.... i wish they would just stop doing it in public cuz im preggy i need to be far from them but sometimes..... i just wish ill have the guts to ask them not to around me... *sigh*
joy76 joy76 7 years
TO ncx: eating junk food, and getting fat only impacts on you the person doing the eating! It does not affect others. So whilst the government may encourage you to stop, they are only helping you and the innocent tax payers who would have to foot your bill if you develop a health complication. Understand this applies only in the UK. Now to smokers the impact of smoking in public spaces is not to smokers alone as pointed out by biarose. So this is not about being discriminated against, if you want to smoke and kill your self who cares?! I don't! Do it in the comfort of your home and don't make me smell disgusting or perhaps have an asthama attack whilst doing so, at least people eating junk food don't in fairness hence my not going to Macdonalds!
biarose biarose 7 years
ncx- others people's eating habits don't directly affect the health of others though. As opposed to smokers who subject non-smokers to secondhand smoke on a daily basis.
biarose biarose 7 years
This happened to me the other week. I was sitting on the crowded grass and there was nowhere for me to move when around 4 people in front of lit up and smoked literally non-stop for the entire show. It was awful, making me cough and my throat started hurting. My mouth tasted like smoke! I couldn't bring myself to say anything though.
girlgreen girlgreen 7 years
i would never ask a smoker to put their cig out, but i will andso ask them to not blow smoke in my face. in nyc, smoking is not allowed indoors, so everyone smokes on the street. since i, like most new yorkers, walk everywhere, i am constantly getting smoke blown in my face when i'm outside. i think it's very rude when people blow smoke right into the faces of the people walking behind them. if i'm not careful, i literally walk right into clouds of other people's smoke. i have no problem asking people to blow their smoke upwards into the air instead of behind them and into my face. is it really that difficult?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
It depends where I am. If I'm at work and see someone smoking on the hospital grounds (which is prohibited), I tell them they have to go across the street to light up because that's where the property line is. If it's any random public area, I don't say anything because it's not technically banned. Although, I must say, I really hate it when people who are parked next to me at the store feel the need to light up while I'm loading my groceries into the car.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
^^Oh and smoking around children is not okay. I wouldn't be afraid to tell someone to put it out or walk away at a kid's party.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Unless we're inside, I think it'll be rude to ask someone to put their cigarette out. Though, one of my best friends is allergic to sulfur and the smoke makes her sick. So in her case it's necessary to politely ask them not to smoke around her. I used to be a smoker so cigarette smoke doesn't bother me. As long as it's not inside my place or inside my car, then I'm okay.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I don't have the guts... I just move and it isn't worth the brawl that could occur. But where I am in Canada, smoking is pretty much banned everywhere so it isn't a prob.
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 7 years
Unless there is a designated smoking area that the smoker should be in (but is not), as long as the smoker is outdoors they've a right to be there just as much as you.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
My problem with this particular situation is that it doesn't seem like it was prohibited. If it's prohibited, then sure, ask the person to move. Otherwise, mind you business.
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
If it's outside, I'll usually just move. If it's someplace ridiculous, like a small closed space, I'll nicely ask them to put it out. I'm allergic to cigarette smoke, so otherwise my eyes turn red, start watering and I sneeze like crazy. It's big fun :)
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
If there is a city ordinance then you can ask them to move or contact management. However, if there isn't you don't have a choice but to move. It is their personal choice to smoke and no one has a right to infringe on that in a public space. That is just the fact of the matter. I don't like screaming children but I can't demand they be removed from a public sidewalk, I move. I do the same for smokers because having quit 3 years ago I do not like to be around it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I don't really mind the smoke. It makes me nostalgic really and brings comforting images of my childhood to mind of family friends. Every time I smell Marlboro Red I think of all the fun times I had in her home. Anyways, in CA there's a law that you can't smoke within 20 feet of certain buildings. Most people abide by it and then there are the inconsiderates that don't. And if they light up on the street where I'm sitting and if the smoke bothers me, I'll just move. No problem.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Yes I do. Cigarette/cigar smoke makes me:
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
Personally, I'm not a smoker but it doesn't bother me. I think something like that could have been handled a lot more diplomatically than just demanding that he put it out or go somewhere else. A lesser person might have just blown it right in her face or worse.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
Good for that patron! I am so SICK of people not following regulations (when they are required to stand a certain distance away from a building to smoke). I honestly can't stand breathing in smoke every time I walk in and out of my condo. Even worse, I can't stand it when I see a pregnant woman with children walking into a store and there's some person sitting right outside the door blowing smoke in their faces! Sorry for the rant, but really, I despise inconsiderate people! ...HUGE pet peeve of mine, this is.
syako syako 7 years
I think I would maybe say something if I knew for sure that smoking was prohibited where we were. It is really unpleasant to be around though, so I usually just get up and move myself. I find that it's hard to even sit near a smoker on the train because the stench is still so strong, I've gotten up and changed seats before for that too.
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