The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

April 8, 2007

Smoke-Filled Rooms

As many of you know, I’m a former smoker. It’s now been nearly three and a half years since I’ve had a cigarette. After the weekend I’ve just had, though, I feel like I smoked a pack.

One of my fraternity brothers just moved to Huntsville, AL. So we decided to get together, people drove in from Charlotte, Indianapolis, and we chose to hang out at a friend’s house in Chattanooga for the weekend. Good times were had by all, beverages were consumed, bars were visited, etc.

But I had to get the hell out. The house, bars, and restaurants were full of cigarette smoke. With the weather, there wasn’t even a chance to be outside. So in the span of two days, I got to the point where my lungs and throat hurt.

I’m not a fan of smoking bans in any sense. But if the choice comes to do anything like that again, I won’t be going back to Chattanooga for it. I’ll be pushing hard to make sure it happens down here in Atlanta, where I control my house (and can make people smoke outside), and where the bars are largely smoke-free.

I have never wanted to be one of those self-righteous ex-smokers, the type who are so proud that they quit that they’ve got to make everyone else around them quit. And for the most part, I’m pretty tolerant of smoke. But enough is enough, there’s a point at which it gets in the way of enjoying myself. I’ll never argue to make it illegal, but eventually I have to choose to remove myself from that situation.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:47 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || Trackback URL || Categories: Libertarianism, Personal Life


  1. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be comfortable in your environment, Brad. You have that right to want a smoke-free (or limited smoke) environment, but your friends have the right to make the room as smoke-filled as they like.

    You know I’m not the most polite person on the planet–hell, I’m not the most polite person in the ROOM, but I typically have enough respect and the good manners to minimize the number of people I bother with my smoking.

    Removing yourself from the situation is the most responsible and polite thing that YOU can do. Your hosts/guests offering to smoke less or smoke outside is the most responsible and polite thing that THEY can do–assuming you told them that the smoke was bugging you. If you said nothing about it, and just suffered in silence, then you deserve your otolaryngical discomfort for being a wuss.

    I don’t think you’re being the self-righteous ex-smoker, bruh. I’m a smoker, and even I don’t like incredibly smoky rooms.

    Comment by Sober John — April 9, 2007 @ 9:36 am
  2. If you said nothing about it, and just suffered in silence, then you deserve your otolaryngical discomfort for being a wuss.

    When I was writing this post, I was trying to word a paragraph about why I didn’t ask them to stop.

    You’ve known me for a decade now. I don’t usually complain about trivial matters. Thus, I’m sure if I had actually brought it up to them, they would have found a way to accommodate me. Hell, people that wouldn’t find a way to accommodate me aren’t the type I’d normally hang around with. If I was going to be there another day or two, I would have asked for such, but I simply didn’t want to be an obstinate guest.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — April 9, 2007 @ 1:42 pm
  3. Maybe the enjoyment of their company was more important to you than the enjoyment of your air.

    Or perhaps you didn’t notice your discomfort until after you had endured the carcinogen-filled evening.

    Comment by Sober John — April 9, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
  4. What? No more Brad passed out on the couch with a full ash tray on his chest, half smoked cigarette still clinched betwixt his lips? Say it isn’t so.

    Comment by Nick — April 9, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

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