Originally posted by Tharsis
I, too, tried smoking, SKL. All my friends did it, but it was just too nasty tasting and smelling for me. As much as I tried to be like everyone else,
I couldn't do it.
In my favorite restaurants, you aren't allowed in if you even SMELL like smoke.
No smoking in bars, but they all have outdoor areas that are shielded from the elements.
Not my rules but they suit me just fine.
It was not the smell or taste which made me quit during the trying stages of smoking.
It was the feeling of a complete lack of energy and I felt useless afterwards for 20 minutes.
That is from a lack of proper oxygen, the nicotine which robbed me of adrenaline, and it calming me far too much.
Then again I am a workaholic and adrenaline flows high working in food service.
And I need every advantage I can get when working and trying to hustle my butt off to get the job done.
Smoking was a waste of my time and money for those short three weeks.
It was not about "being cool" like everyone else for me because I'm not a "joiner" in groups.
I do something, I do it to try it, based upon evidence I dug up on the topic and find out for myself.
At the time I needed something to de-stress myself and it worked, a little too good, if you ask me.
I was working 100 + hours a week between two jobs.
I've worked 2, 3, and up to 4 jobs simultaneously.
Again, I need nothing to slow me down, I got over the stress and figured out how to channel it into more productivity.
I have no issue with people smelling like smoke around me but it is a hygeine issue.
If I see someone who's fingers look like their jaundiced with tobacco smoke and yellow hair and beard, and smell it, I know I'm dealing with a
lifetime smoker, and as well usually a chain-smoker, and I know their habit will get in the way of my work ethics.
I've seen one or two people who were the exception to that rule but most smokers I've worked with, their nicotine habit, always got in the way of
their ability to work, and or I never never find them when I needed help at work, because they were on a smoke break.
I do not think restaurants should discriminate against people who smell like smoke.
I do however think they can and should refuse to serve them inside the restaurant.
Non-smokers do not want to smell a crappy habit while trying to enjoy eating their meal.
I do not come into your house, nor do I sit next to you in a restaurant, and take a huge steaming dump, and ignore it.
In other words, I don't want to smell your crap, so why would I expect you to smell mine?
I think I've made my points quite thoroughly in this thread.
I have no issue with smokers, smoking, while in a bar.
But then again I do not drink alcohol at all.
That is another topic for another thread unless someone replies to my post about that.
I see smoking as a slow form of suicide and committing suicide is against the law.
edit on 2/23/11 by SpartanKingLeonidas because: Adding Depth
and Insight Into the Post.