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Now for a little rant. Today I decided that I'd hit up Chick-fil-A a little before 10:30 and get breakfast for my lunch. It's always nice to do something a little different, and I was excited to try the chicken, egg and cheese on a multi-grain bagel because it looks so good in the picture. (And yes, it ended up being totally delicious.)
I sat in the drive-thru behind a car where the person in it was smoking. I could smell the cigarette smoke so I decided to roll my window up. As is usually the case when you're behind a driver smoking our his or her window, I could still smell it coming through my air vents. I may be really sensitive to cigarette smoke or something, but it was terrible to have to sit there and smell it and not be able to get away.
It got me thinking about how I really can't wait until more things are smoke-free. Now before you holler at me, I know we can't tell people they can't smoke in their cars. However, i'm really looking forward to when smoking around public places is ruled out. We passed the law banning smoking in restaurants back in 2007, and it was seriously one of the smartest things I've seen Tennessee do. I know that if major cities like NYC can go smoke-free practically everywhere that it's probably a matter of time before places follow suit.
I want that to happen. I don't want people to smoke in bars. I don't want people to smoke in front of public buildings... because let me tell you. Having to walk through a cloud of smoke to get into the restaurant is just as annoying as smoke inside. I know that people would say that I'm being a little extreme and that people have always smoked in bars, etc. My thought is that smoking is more of a privilege than it is a right, and non-smokes have the right to not have to breathe secondhand smoke (which numerous studies have found harmful).
Sure, I could opt to not go to places where smoking is allowed, and most of the time I don't. I'm just saying that I'll be glad when I see more places not allow smoking in or around the area. I mean, come on people. Smoking is not cool. I'm not here to judge... if you want to kill yourself over it, that's none of my business.
Before anyone decides to pick a fight, you should probably know that my dad smokes. He'll likely die from it, just like his dad who died from lung cancer. He knows that our family hates that he smokes, and we regularly voice our issues with it. He doesn't smoke around us ever, but we still know he does it and we hate it. I love my dad, but I have no problem calling him and every other smoker out on this terrible habit. And remember, I'm a marathon runner. Smoking isn't exactly something I'll ever be ok with...
I would never date a smoker. I don't have friends who smoke, and if I did I'd insist they not do it around me.
Feel free to agree or disagree, but I'd love to see smoking itself die a quick death. Everyone's health would be better for it.