As the negative effects of smoking have become widely known, smokers have become more and more stigmatized and marginalized. With secondhand smoke being a real danger, smokers are forced outside or away from other people to smoke. Some non-smoking people take this a step further and seem to actively despise smokers for their habit, not even considering that for most, it is an addiction formed early in life (as teens or, for some, even younger) when they may not have had the best of judgment. Smoking is looked down upon as risky, dirty, selfish behavior, whether those labels are warranted or not.
This is a guest post written by Keelalagirl, who’s vapin’ happy hangin’ with her doggie pack in Ohio.
When I was a smoker, nothing drove me up the wall more than someone blowing smoke in my face. I found it rather rude to say the least. Though I was a smoker myself, second-hand smoke irritated me….my eyes would burn and water, my nose would get irritated, and I’d cough and cough. I can only imagine how offensive it was for non-smokers.
As the popularity and presence of electronic cigarettes increases, rules surrounding them are beginning to surface. Some companies have decided to not allow their use while employees are working, while some have flat-out banned their use on company property.