Light up! 6 Tips for Smokers (and Non Smokers)
I had to write this blog entry right away after my high blood moment at the gas station earlier. But hey! Please give a cyber high five with matching kembot for me though for not confronting the nasty biatch and not launching my Fifty Shades of Crazy. Anyway so listen up. I know smoking is a touchy subject for both non smokers and smokers. But I believe we can all share a world where there’s mutual respect to avoid awkward situations. So light up, people. 🙂
1. BE CONSIDERATE TO THOSE WHO DON’T SMOKE. BE RESPECTFUL TO THOSE WHO DO.
Smokers, remember that there’s usually more non smokers around you. Look for a designated smoking area and stay there. When you’re seated next to elders in an outdoor space, ask politely if they don’t mind that you light up. In outdoor restos and cafes where smoking is allowed, try to pick a table away from those with kids in tow. Wash your hands, brush your teeth, and spritz some cologne after your midday smoke break – especially if you have a business meeting right after. And for the love of flip tops, smoking in a gas station while lining up to load your RFID is never a good idea. Light up that bulb in your head or someone else will. Non smokers, we dislike it when you look at us that way (yeah, that way?). Just please be patient with us as long as we stay out of your way and in a designated area.
2. YOUR ENVIRONMENT IS NOT A GINORMOUS ASHTRAY.
A used cigarette is so small you think throwing it anywhere makes it unnoticeable. Compute how many times a person smokes per day multiplied by how many people are outside doing the same thing. Please find an ashtray or a trash bin – it’s easy. Don’t put out your cigarette on the floor and leave it there. Pick it up, fold it inside a tissue, and throw in a trash bin. If you’re driving, don’t flick it outside. Keep a travel ashtray (with cover) handy. Put a little sand or water to help put it out. If you’re a guest at someone’s house, politely ask where you can smoke. If the host gives you a shy awkward answer, it means you have to go outside.
3. SMOKING WHILE WALKING IN A PUBLIC PLACE IS NOT COOL.
You think you’re so cool you gotta walk, smoke, and chill. But let me ask you, where does the smoke go when you blow it out? It goes to those walking behind you! It’s disrespectful and annoying. Please put a stop to this if this is your daily commute habit. And for girls, smoking while walking on the street is Burgos red light district chic so seriously go for it if that’s your style.
4. JUST CUZ I SMOKE DOESN’T MEAN I WANT SMOKE BLOWN TO MY FACE.
It may sound odd for non smokers but this is true. Smokers like to smoke but we want to avoid smelling like an ashtray – most especially our very porous hair. For smokers, please just blow it away from people. But if the wind direction gets you in trouble, do apologize. It’s better that way.
5. JUST CUZ YOU SIT IN A DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA DOESN’T MEAN IT BECOMES SMOKE-FREE.
This happened to me before. A sassy, shiny shimmering splendid, designer bag-toting lady sat in a cafe’s smoking area and demanded me to put it out. So I said “Sorry it’s a designated area so you should sit inside instead.” I may have worn my resting b*tch face so she left. So NO, if it’s a smoking area, please stay away from us… #SorryNotSorry
6. PLEASE DO NOT ASK WHY NOR SUGGEST WE STOP SMOKING IF WE’RE NOT EVEN CLOSE.
If you’re a smoker or were once a smoker, I’m sure you won’t ask anymore. For me, asking a smoker why she/he smokes is like asking why you are fat or why you have such annoying kids. Just don’t. I also heard comments before like “Oh you spend XX amount of cigarettes when you can buy this and that…” Ummm no. You may spend your money on makeup, clothes, baby products, organic free range chicken, or whatever shiz that makes you look super but I don’t ask you why, right? To each his own. And if we’re not even close, please don’t suggest that we stop. Our relationship with our pack is something you won’t understand (and we don’t owe you an explanation for). And if you really have to tell someone off, try to do it politely. I know it’s hard but please try. So smokers and non smokers, light up! 🙂
Love, The Style Hobbyist