03 novembre, 2007

Thank you for not smoking


I have been a smoker for a little over two years now. Last year, France told me I could not smoke in lieux publics. I don't always follow the rules because no one really seems to care, so why should I? In January 2008, smoking is supposed to be banned in bars, boites and restaurants. I wouldn't be surprised if they get an extension again. Otherwise, how will I be able to ruin other people's meals by blowing smoke in their faces? How will I be able to make other people's eyes sting so bad that they have to leave the bar? How else will I be able to make other people's clothes and hair stink of cigarette smoke? I mean, that's just not fair. I really don't think the opportunity to create an entirely unpleasant dining/bar/clubbing experience should be take away from me! What's the fun in not putting other people's health in danger?

Oh, by the way, did I mention the kind of smoker I am? A secondhand smoker. That's right, people, by being in France for two years now, I have unwillingly become a smoker. I have had to deal with disgusting smoke at 7 in the morning at the bus stop. I have been given the evil eye because I moved away from smokers(ME as if I did something wrong!) I'm so sick of it, it's not even funny. I'm sick of choosing to wear not as nice clothes out because I know they will get all smoky and gross(I even have two specific coats I wear just to go out anywhere.) I'm sick of getting smoke blown in my face when I'm eating my yummy food at a restaurant. Most of all, I'm sick of putting MY health at risk just because you want to smoke a cigarette and not bouge your fesses outside.

For those of you that are smokers out there, I understand it's a personal choice to smoke. However, it becomes a very unpersonal choice when you are affecting other people around you who are not smoking. It blows my mind how selfish a choice some people can make. Although not surprising here when you consider people's attitude of "every person out for themselves." I cannot wait for the smoking ban to take a effect, although I can't imagine a France sans smoking. I'll believe it when I see it. Rant over.

6 commentaires:

Jennie a dit…

Amen to that!!! I cannot wait for the smoking ban. I get dirty looks when I move away from smoke too. I just sneer and say BITCH, PLEASE! and walk away. They never understand, but it makes me feel better.

Emily a dit…

I need to start getting up and just walking away...esp. at the bus stop. I look at them with a pissed off look, but they don't care. They just ignore and continue inhaling on their cancer sticks.

Leah a dit…

Jennie-wait, do you seriously say "b**** please" outloud? Haha, too funny!

Emily-I used to feel weird about moving away and then I realized I'd rather move and risk the evil eye than stay there and suffer.

Katia a dit…

Ohhh, amen sister.

IslandGirl4Ever2 a dit…
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IslandGirl4Ever2 a dit…

Oh boy... You should hear me then...When someone lights up near me or walks by with cig in hand.. I make big waves with my hand, cover my nose and mouth and utter a VERY LOUD.. P U That's SOOO DISGUSTING.. OH... I HATE CIGGERATE SMOKE!!!" I am very verbal about this because it's sooo common I want those inconsiderate idiots to know that I DON'T like their STANKY SMOKE!!!!!