We’ve come a long way Baby!: Smoking part II

It comes as no surprise that smoking etiquette is a hot-button issue. During a recent conversation with smoking and non-smoking Re-finders, we discussed gender-specific smoking manners. One smoker mentioned that her biggest smoking pet peeve is when women walk on the street while puffing away on a cigarette or engage in activities with one hanging out of her mouth.

We agree, this is not a pretty picture.

In addition to being unattractive, it’s also a good way to burn yourself or an innocent bystander. So quite frankly, men should avoid this behavior too. But let’s face it, for some reason, a man doesn’t look quite as bad with a cig hanging out of his mouth as a woman.

Ladies, we’re sure you are thinking there is a double standard at work here, but we prefer to look at it as more of a higher standard. Perhaps if we do little things in public, such as foregoing belching contests and saving the Marlboro Man look for the privacy of our own patios, as icing on the cake, our male counterparts may treat us the way we deserve to be treated — with respect.

Cheers!

M

Thank you for smoking downwind

When it comes to vices, smoking is becoming less and less fashionable, but most of us have a friend, relative or spouse who is a committed or occasional smoker of cigarettes, pipes or cigars. There was a time when it seemed everyone was puffing away and lighting up was even considered a sign of sophistication. Those days have of course passed and while we’d rather our loved ones give up their cigs for health reasons, that likely isn’t going to happen and frankly, it’s their choice whether or not to smoke. So if we can’t beat ’em, at least we can ask that our smokers follow a few simple guidelines.

First, do be sure to ask before lighting up in someone else’s home or simply excuse yourself and go outside. If your hostess doesn’t mind your smoke, she’ll tell you to stay put and hand you an ashtray. In dining situations, always wait until everyone is finished before flicking your Bic or again, excuse yourself. When smoking outdoors, be sure to position yourself downwind from the non-smokers. Finally, be conscientious with your ashes by flicking them in a receptacle or in your hand, not on the floor, patio or potted plants.

We all have our habits, good and bad, but by being sensitive to those around us who may not appreciate all of our guilty pleasures or who are against those vices we can’t or don’t want to give up, we can at least find a little harmony.

Cheers!

M