A while ago I was having a discussion about smoking laws with some co-workers of mine.
Aside from whether it should be allowed to smoke in closed places, public places, etc, I mentioned the fact that people smoking on the street can be annoying too.
My point was that when I cross someone on the street who's smoking a cigarrette I have to put up with the smoke for a little while. Somebody said "Yeah, but it's just while you're passing the person by..."
That doesn't matter. Be it 5 seconds or 2 minutes, be it just the moment when the person lits up the cigarrette or the whole experience, it still annoys me and makes me cough. People smoking on the street annoy me, because I'm forced to inhale their smoke.
You might say "oh, you're not forced too."
Am I not?
4, 7, 4, 5, 6, 3, 2, 5.
That's the number of times I was forced to inhale smoke during the last eight days.
Sometimes just 5 seconds, sometimes a bit more.
Sometimes just someone passing you by on the street, sometimes someone in the step beneath you in a slowly-moving-escalator when you have no way to escape. Quite frankly, this pisses me off more and more each day.
Just to make it perfectly clear, I actually hold my breath some times. If I go down the street and see somebody coming in my direction smoking, I actually inhale before I get to the person and either hold my breath or exhale while I'm passing the person.
Those numbers are actually the ones I wasn't able to avoid.
That's 36 cigarrettes of which I was forced to inhale some part of during the last eight days.
Today, when I went out for lunch, the number was 6.
It annoys me and it annoys even more to know that these people who smoke have absolutely no idea of how much it does so.
To quote an old man I once saw in a train talking about the subject: "You have no respect for me if you lit up that cigarrette."