Smoking is evil. It always has been. Fortunately it seems, times are changing–public smoking bans are on the horizon. Some countries have already adopted them, like Ireland and Sweden. Backwater countries, like Denmark, are slower to catch the scent of the times. That scent is fresh air.
As an ex-asthmatic but still allergic, smoking bans make extra sense to me. I’ve been taught to take care of my lungs, more so I think, than most people. Essentially, smoke is bad for everyone–it’s just worse for asthmatics.
I can take some amount of second-hand smoke (without dying), sure, most of us can. The question is, why should I? It gets in your lungs, clothes, hair, skin, eyes. It’s like burning a tire inside your house, only somehow smoking is socially acceptable. It makes the next day extra crappy by amplifying a possible hangover. I’ve found myself skipping social occasions simply due to there being too much smoke. I’ve even left early because my eyes hurt. This annoys the crap out of me.
So bring on the public smoking bans, preferably yesterday! It works for Ireland. Your thoughts?