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Why? Because that’s when smoking was banned in public (indoor) places, in this country.

I went into a pub earlier tonight, and marvelled that my hair wasn’t stinking of somebody else’s nasty dirty ciggy when we left. Halle-effing-lujah.

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  • Rosie
    October 11
    10:54 pm

    The ‘no smoking’ in public places has been in place in California for some time. Now I’m always surprised when we travel to find people smoking in public places like restaurants. My personal filtering system isn’t used to ciggy smoke any more.

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  • Tracy
    October 11
    11:11 pm

    We still have some restaurants with “smoking sections” here in Wisconsin, but most do not.

    Since I get a stomach ache and feel like puking when I’m around cigarette smoke too long, I can’t really eat in the restaurants with the smoking section right freakin’ next to the non (with no barrier. I mean really what IS the point?).

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  • Sarah McCarty
    October 12
    1:00 am

    We’re almost all smoke free here. Love it as I react strongly to smoke. I agree with Tracy, that restaurants are the worst, though. At the last RT I attended, it was almost impossible for me to stay any length of time in the bar and socialize. (That hotel had horrible ventilation) While I know there are tons of smokers hoping the opposite, *G* I’m hoping next year’s hotel is smoke free.

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  • ·:*¨¨*:·.Mad.·:*¨¨*:·.
    October 12
    1:20 am

    Like Sarah, our small town is slowing weeding out the smoking inside buildings. Funny thing…my oldest daughter and I were just talking about that tonight at dinner. We had gone out to a restaurant that recently changed their rules to no smoking inside, after years of it being the opposite, and they had to tell a man there to either take his cigarette and leave or put it out while he was sitting at the bar. He ended up leaving for a bit then came back and finished his dinner.

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  • vanessa jaye
    October 12
    2:02 am

    We’ve had that ban in place here in Toronto, for awhile. It’s great except, ironically, the last place you want to be outside because smokers gotta smoke, so if they can’t do indoors, they do it *even more* outdoors, and especially around public buidling doorways.

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  • Kaitlin
    October 12
    8:43 am

    I just had to say that I *heart* your blog. 🙂 I’m a newbie to it, but I’ve been greatly enjoying myself. 🙂

    I live in Portland, Oregon and smoking is basically banned from everywhere but bars & clubs. Might be why I don’t go 99% of the time. Ugh!

    And can I just say that your recent blog about memory lane & the Sweet Dreams books made me laugh. I recognized all of those books. I think I read them all too. Scary. 🙂

    I’m adding your blog to my links. I hope that’s okay. Have a great day (since you’re something like 8 hours ahead of me. 🙂 Night!)

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  • Rosario
    October 12
    9:28 am

    Isn’t it fantastic? We’ve had the same ban in place in Uruguay since 2005, so it was great not to have to worry about going back to smoke-filled bars when I came here.

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  • shiloh walker
    October 12
    10:56 am

    I love smoke free places. :OP

    I’m asthmatic and even though it’s well controlled, cigarette smoke will set it off almost as bad as if I exercised without using my inhaler first.

    Also, I’m a mom… and for some reason, it seems like when I have a kid that has to pee, I always have to walk thru the smoker’s section of the restaurant to get them to the bathroom.

    People want to smoke, hey, that’s fine, but I hate it I have to breathe that in, or my kids.

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  • Sarah McCarty
    October 12
    11:15 am

    They’ve now started regulating how close to a door one can stand and smoke. This is another improvement.

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  • Stacy~
    October 12
    11:19 am

    Oh I love it. Smoke really bothers me, and I just hate that smell and love leaving a restaurant or bar and not reeking to high heaven. Now if only they had enclosed smoking sections at work so that I don’t have to go through a cloud to get into the building….

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  • raspberry swyrl
    October 12
    4:57 pm

    Of course they ban it after I leave England…
    My province did a ban a year after I turned eighteen and I marvelled that I could actually wear a shirt again after going to the club because it did not smell like smoke. The smell actually makes me sick now.

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  • Samantha Lucas
    October 12
    5:09 pm

    I ditto Rosie. I was born and raised in CA and moved to VA 7 years ago and was dumbfounded when the first hostess said to me “smoking or non?”

    I looked like an idiot because I was so taken back by that question I hadn’t heard since I was like 7. lol

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  • wendy
    October 12
    9:09 pm

    Not a smoker but I do feel sorry for them as they congregate, ostracised, outside buildings in all weathers.
    Congrats Karen. My runaway Scots husband tells horror stories of sitting in cinemas as a child trying to see the screen through the smoke haze.

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  • Karen Scott
    October 12
    9:09 pm

    Hey Kaitlyn, thanks for the nice words, it’s always nice to hear from somebody who appreciates my British humour. *g*

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  • Lynne Simpson
    October 13
    3:56 pm

    I’m giving away my age here, but when I first started working after college, people were still allowed to smoke in office buildings in Atlanta. I fixed computers for a living back then, and I remember working on quite a few PCs whose insides were crusted over with cigarette residue. The fans inside the cases just sucked in all that smoky air. You have to be careful about getting that stuff on your hands, too, as it can be rather toxic, not to mention nasty!

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  • Bonnie L.
    October 15
    10:34 pm

    I’m originally from Reno, NV and smoking is a hot button issue there because of the casinos. The casinos fight any ban because they recognize that they rely on chain-smoking gambling addicts to remain at their slots for as long as possible. I hate going to the casinos because you always walk out smelling like the inside of an ashtray, however all of the best restaurants are in the casinos so you have to weigh the benefits against the smoke.

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