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Smoking Etiquette.

Updated on October 24, 2012

I am a smoker, and I have been for years. I don't condone it, I don't think its alright--but I do it. I'm not going to apologize for it, or feel guilty about it. The way I look at it: Its not the worse habit out there. I mean, I'm not smoking crack or selling myself. However, I am polite about it. I have a certain code that I follow when I am smoking in the presence of others, and I really think that more people should be respectful. As a non-smoker I remember how frustrating it was to be around smokers. These are the things in which I do out of common courtesy, that I believe other people should follow as well.

1. Don't smoke around kids

This is the biggest and most important thing to put down in smokers etiquette. I absolutely despise those people I see driving their cars with the windows cracked an inch, smoking with their children in the car. Those kids didn't ask for a nicotine buzz, so why are you giving them one? I refuse to smoke around children. If someone with kids even walks by me, I quickly bolt. I just see so many problems with this situation. 

2. Don't smoke in cars with non-smokers

This is just mean. Kind of like children, if they are non-smokers, they don't smoke for a reason. Forcing them to sit there while you fuel your addiction is just plain rude.

3. Ask people if its alright if you smoke

No matter where you are, if you're around people that don't smoke- ask if its ok! Don't force them to stand there while you blow your toxic fumes around them. Its just rude. They don't smoke for a reason, and they don't need your second hand smoke. In a lot of cases, second hand smoke is just as bad as regular smoke!

4. Think before you smoke

Some people don't think enough before they smoke. They put those non-smoking signs all over the place for a reason. I see this all the time living in the the South. Kentucky is about 15 minutes away from me. What do they do in Kentucky? They produce tobacco, in mass quantity. I have seen so many people freak out because they aren't allowed to smoke in certain areas. Rules suck, we get it. People don't enjoy following rules. But they're there for a reason, so don't freak out if you're told you can't smoke. I mean really? Its just a cigarette. Find somewhere else to fuel your addiction.

As I stated, I am a smoker. I don't condone it, nor do I think its a positive thing. However, I do smoke respectfully. Think about other people before you light up, and don't be rude to those who choose not to smoke. Its a common courtesy thing, just like helping the elderly, or opening a door for someone else. Its not like its hard to do the right thing, so do it!


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    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great approach to smokers. I actually find smokers have a lot more respect and tact than a few non-smokers. I know non-smokers who have no problem smoking pot but have a lot about someone smoking a cigarette.

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      Michael Murchie 

      8 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Brilliant hub, my wife and I quit, never an easy task, but when we were regular smokers, we kinda followed the same rules.

      Nice to see conscientious discussion on this rather than the usual "no you can't / yes I can" :)

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      Lydia McCarter 

      8 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      haha, I feel you. I do. Its a terrible addiction but hey... it only kills you.

    • avalencia_25 profile image


      8 years ago from California

      Good hub! Ive been smoking for about 4 years and I'm trying to quit you should consider quiting not telling you but yeah its hard i need a cig hahaha

    • jobister profile image


      8 years ago from Anaheim, California

      I agree, some people are just ignorant of others when they light up their cigarettes. I hope more of those people read this hub. Very good hub!

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      Rhonda Musch 

      8 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      I am not a smoker. I have no problem with it. I have friends who smoke. I like people, like you who use tact when smoking. Thanks for your hub I totally agree with it.


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