What is really interesting to me is how now no one can stand smokey places; yet back before the smoking police came along; no one seemed bothered at all by it.
You really do have to think about that?
Actually, back before smoking bans, we asthma patients were bothered by cigarette smoke in public places, sometimes very much. I had friends who would end up in an ambulance if they made the mistake of going to the wrong place. When I was young, I had many asthma attacks from cigarette smoke encountered in unexpected places.
The smoking bans do work for us. I remember going to Minnesota about 25 years ago, stepping off the plane, and being amazed and thrilled that there was no cigarette smoke in the airport--I could breathe and not gasp or wheeze!
But that absolutely does not mean that everyone should be inconvenienced because I had a problem. I am opposed to the smoke Nazis as much as any cigar afficionado is.
Finally, to some of the "she brought it on herself" posters on this thread:
Sometimes inhalers aren't powerful enough to fix a sudden, serious attack. Sometimes you lose or forget them. Sometimes they get clogged up and don't work.
Teenagers tend to think they're invincible, and when I was the age of this poor young lady I didn't even know it was possible to die of asthma. She may have taken the job because it worked with her school or childcare schedule. She must have thought she could handle it.
Some compassion, please, for a poor young girl who made a mistake! This forum is being taken over by the heartless.
“yet back before the smoking police came along; no one seemed bothered at all by it.”
I was bothered by it, so I just didn’t go into certain places.
There were certain bars I refused to go to with my hubby because I knew my eyes would water and I would feel nauseous the whole night.
I remember someone making the argument that business for bars would increase because there were so many people like me out there.
It turned out they were wrong.
Businesses have been hurting and they want their smokers back.