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I remember that my father smoked, but I only lived in the Czech Rep. (with him and mum) until I was 6 years old.
My mum never smoked and somehow I was never around smokers until I was... hmh... 20 or so.
Thing is I get strong allergic reactions to smoke. My eyes go mad, my nose blocks as does my throat.
So...
While I don't give a s*** if someone smokes I have to say: Not in my face and definitely not in a locked room with me and even if in the same room, please miles away from me. The reactions I get stay for up to 4 days when I had to inhale smoke for like 5 minutes. No thanks. I feel really miserable, as if I can't breathe and as if I'm about to get very sick. No thanks again.

So... I was the one who did a happy dance when I realized Ireland's pubs were going non-smoking...
It wasn't great to not be able to go out anywhere cause of smoking being allowed everywhere. :(((
Switzerland's still behind with all this. Lots of voting going on cause of pro or contra smoking and no real decisions made. I mean, no, there have been decisions and laws made, but then others started protesting against them and blah. So there are still many restaurants, bars, etc. that don't really provide a room for non-smokers. They might have the place divided, but since those aren't separate rooms or the likes that doesn't help ME very much.

Oh yeah, and I couldn't date, live with or marry a smoker either.
First of all I find it really disgusting, second... no thanks to permanent allergies. :(
But go and mention this and you're treated as if you're being a racist towards smokers.
It's annoying the hell out of me.

Date: 2009-12-02 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nurdhegilwen.livejournal.com
totally agree - but then... you know that... ;)

Date: 2009-12-02 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
I'd guessed so ;)

Date: 2009-12-02 10:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackiesjottings.livejournal.com
My dad was a smoker so I was used to it growing up, but I could not live with a smoker now. The smell makes me feel ill :(

Date: 2009-12-02 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
yeah, same here :o

Date: 2009-12-02 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goddessofchaos.livejournal.com
I hate the smell of smoke and it makes my eyes water and can make my allergies flare up. So I don't like to be around smokers either.

It's also illegal to smoke in any public building here as well, including restaurants and pubs, which is great! It's nice to be able to go out and have a meal and not come out with your clothes stinking of cigarette smoke. Being anti-smoking is quite normal here and smokers don't have many rights.

Luckily none of my family or friends smoke so I don't have to be around it often. My grandparents on mum's side (who died many years ago) smoked and I hated visiting their house, everything was yellow with nicotine staining and the smell was revolting. Everything you ate there tasted like cigarettes. Visiting that house and hearing them cough and splutter was more than enough to put me off smoking, if I had ever considered it!

Date: 2009-12-02 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
ugh, that sounds very revolting. :o
we used to have a neighbour who smoked a lot. even the door frame to her flat was ugly yellowish from all the smoking. it was disgusting. :o

I wish it were *more illegal* here... some laws got through, others didn't. They're very much into *everyone has to have the same rights* here which on the surface sounds good, but in the end their first worry was if smokers would be discriminated if ANY laws would be put up. WTF???
They also say that bars and restaurants get less customers if they put up these laws. WTF again. If ALL have to follow them they won't. The discussions are so ridiculous.

Date: 2009-12-02 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cantarella.livejournal.com
Come to Bern, we're smoke-free. ;-)

Date: 2009-12-02 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
sounds like heaven.
and you know what? Zurich sucks.
there.
:p

Date: 2009-12-02 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celenelune.livejournal.com
Really interesting writer's block, at least there are so many to tell about it. I may post an entry with it too, because it would be too long to explain why I don't like cigarette's smoke.
Btw, in France, it's forbidden to smoke in the public places since the 1st february 2007.

Date: 2009-12-02 12:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
wow, then France was really quick with that! :D

Date: 2009-12-02 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meathiel.livejournal.com
I used to date a smoker ... so ... yuck!

I guess I'm a militant non-smoker or that's what my colleague says! *lol*

I still don't understand why there are all these problems in Germany - like pub owners claiming they're doing less business - it works in the UK and Ireland, so why not here???

Date: 2009-12-02 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
wah!!!

Hmh, I think (not sure) there are too many loopholes here.
It's like... I know one law is that every restaurant or pub should have a smoke-free area. Right. But the law doesn't say what that one has to be like or how big. So that's a problem for non-smokers who really can't stand the smoke, are allergic, etc.
Plus very small bistros and bars have no chance to put up TWO areas. So they have to go non-smoking and of course the smokers then don't go there anymore but go to bigger places that *have* smokers areas.
Stuff like that is the problem.
Because they're absolutely UNABLE to do something straight away here. They squirm and wriggle around, wanting to please everyone instead of making clear decisions. Seriously, it's so bloody typical. :(
├╝ber-neutralism that is...

Date: 2009-12-02 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marilavado.livejournal.com
Oh, and people say I'm just overly dramatic with smoke. I get the same reaction as yours: my eyes start crying, my nose blokes and my throat gets all itchy. But for me it just lasts for about 24 hours. Still, nice NOT!
I really do hate it when people smoke in front of others without even asking if they mind. I mean, poison yourself if you will, but thanks, I do appreciate my lungs.
Edu very rarely smokes. Only on weddings or so, but when he does I so hate it, I even refuse to kiss him or hug him until he showers and washes his teeth. So guess I'm a racist too. =P

Date: 2009-12-02 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
I must say I've never kissed someone who smoked... but I'd imagine that being pretty bad. *shudders*
I mean... hah, I almost had to laugh - I received a letter from a pagan penpal of mine from the USA today, she's a smoker OR lives with a smoker. I could smell it from the paper alone. :p
If I notice that... what would it be like to kiss someone who smokes? Ugh... :(((

racism it is then...

Date: 2009-12-03 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marilavado.livejournal.com
Believe me, it feels like kissing an ashtray. URGH!

Date: 2009-12-03 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
ok, that is SO DISGUSTING!!!!!! :o

Date: 2009-12-02 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blur-kiwi.livejournal.com
I got home from work today, after a hard day wrestling with SAP and the new website (more about that soon in my LJ when I get my life back!) and I was feeling deflated and just not great. Then suddenly, woohoo, a parcel from Marta, a 'white cross' parcel to cheer me up and lift me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't guarantee that the chocolate will last until Christmas, but the wrapped gift will. I will open it when I am in The Netherlands. Thanks so much, I'm very grateful and the timing could not have been better. :)))

Date: 2009-12-02 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naurwen.livejournal.com
hah, really good timing then. :D
SAP sucks. LOL
I'm glad you received the parcel alright and so quickly. :D I think you'll have to eat the chocolate soon. ;D

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