Smokers Deserve Our Sympathy

This past weekend I got to experience DC’s new no smoking ban. It was incredible. My lungs, hair, and clothes are so thankful that I have decided to send little gifts of appreciation to all members of the DC Council. I no longer have to air out my expensive club outfits after a night out.

The weather on Saturday night was rainy, so smokers were tightly packed under dry spots and conversed among themselves like they would in high school and college, rejects of society. While I usually look down on smokers, this is the first time I felt bad for them. Some may argue that drinking is not that different from smoking, but I have never stood out in the rain on a wet street to kill my screwdriver beverage. Smokers, addicted to a drug where hits are needed in fixed increments, don’t really have a choice, and must brave adverse environments to maintain normal physiological function. It must suck to depend on a smelly drug made by huge corporations just to live a normal life.

Me, inside the club breathing clean air:
:pika:

Smoker, outside in the rain:
🙁

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After years of being a pack a day smoker, I am proud to be a nonsmoker. A year and a half of no cigs (and I quit cold turkey woo hoo) and I feel happy that this ban came into effect after the fact for me.

Otherwise I would be one of them…I remember cold winters in NYC huddling against each other outside the bars breathing in the delicious smell of nicotine & tobacco.

Dammit they still do have their power.

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Yea I do feel bad for the smokers, how they have to go outside to smoke now, but yay for people like me who don’t like smelling like an ashtray!

Big Head Rob
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I can’t seem to break my pole smoking habit.

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Hate smoke near my food, so very happy here as well =)

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First of all let me say I’m new at this (as you can tell by the name. I stumbled upon your blogs yesterday and have almost read all of them. :thumbup:. But I must agree with you! I have long thick hair, and to walk around smelling like an ashtray upchucked on my head, isn’t cool!!

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haha.. some of us have been reading roosh since the later 90’s.

Irina
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smokers smoke because it’s a social thing, not just because it’s addictive

Han
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Smokers are more fun.

Roissy
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with the ban ends not just smoking but the ability to judge which woman in the bar is more likely to give a knob job by date 3.

bonus: any woman in a cigar club knows how to deep throat.

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I like to smoke when I drink, but I don’t like it enough to freeze my ass off. The smoking ban is lame but I guess you can always go to bars in VA if it’s that big a deal to you.

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has pagan marbury put up a picture yet? i have a feeling she is fug

nabeel
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smoking ban is a godsend, I’ma going out more!

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We need to fear the smokers now more than ever. We’ve taken their airplanes, their hotel rooms, even their workplaces. The bars and the clubs were all they had left. Oh, sure, some of the weakest ones will die out over the winter, frozen to death in alcoves and under awnings. But all that means is that the survivors will be that much stronger and more determined, and when the worm turns we’ll realize that we’ve pissed off a bunch of people who can breathe poison and who make a habit of carrying fire.

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You’re welcome.

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The only time I ever smoked was while I was drinking and only because cigarettes were available. In general, I hate smoking. So clearly, I’m now a happy camper who can once again proclaim officially to be a non-smoker.

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After the smoking what’s next. I’ll be doubly screwed if they go after fat people.(I’m already white and not elite so I am fucked there to). Again it’s only certain groups that have protection, and we are supposed to be politically correct and accept, but only if you are in the right group, if not I guess your fucked. See you don’t have to go the club.

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That reminds me of my first time in a bar in California (2004), where they had a ban on smoking. I didn’t come home reeking of cigarettes for once, and I liked it. The whole “you can’t smoke in your car/apartment” types infuriate me (and I’m a non-smoker), but not having to be around smoke at the bars is very nice.

Meanwhile, in the town where I live, smoking is still allowed in restaurants. But that’s life.

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Fascist pigs. So what’s next?

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Until you’ve tried it, you have no idea how nice a smoking ban is. I lived in both norcal and socal for a few years. it’s so awesome to walk in to a restaurant and simply say “for two” (not “for two, non-smoking”). Being in a smoke free environment is so nice.

I’ve often wished I could subject smokers in public areas to the “opposite of smoking.” Something they dislike, and they are subjected to without choice.

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The ban certainly gives one a little more of a push toward quitting. It would be interesting to know who in the area had/has planned a quit in ’07.

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I agree with comments that the smoking ban is really nice, but that is probably b/c I am a social smoker who can take or leave smoking when I drink. As for Gunslingergregi’s comment about the government “going after fat people” next — its already happening!!! New York City recently banned the use of trans fats in city resaurants– and other cities are following its lead. While this is obviously a health, saftety and welfare regulation, what every happened to personal responsibility!?!?! Last time I checked, not everybody in New York City is obese– some people just have more self-control than others. This ban could potentially be a huge burden on all of the Mom and Pop restaurants that are part of what New York one of the greatest cities in the world, all because some people choose to eat cheeseburgers and french fries three times a day… It’s just troubling if you ask me.

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I jumped for joy on Jan 2, 2007, I will be able to retire without a artifical lung!!!

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Dude, even when you could smoke the bars in DC weren’t that smoky. This is just another example of people using cheesy science data to foist their morals on others via the law. Laugh now, you won’t like it when legally drunk is .03 and you need to blow to get your car started.
And I don’t even smoke. I just hate extraneous laws. If you don’t like the smoke, go to a different bar. Tell the bouncer why you’re leaving. Vote with your pocketbook, don’t pass silly laws.
The real plus of this, really, is that I don’t have to worry about some tipsy bimbo burning my nice shirts with her cig as she stumbles around. Now all I have to worry about are spills. If only the bars sold whiskey out of sippy cups.

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Hookah’s nice once in awhile.

But it’s gross to be around cigarette smoke all night, and it’s gross to kiss a smoker.

What will all the chain smoking Europeans think when they come to America?

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what every happened to personal responsibility!?!?! Last time I checked, not everybody in New York City is obese? some people just have more self-control than others. This ban could potentially be a huge burden on all of the Mom and Pop restaurants that are part of what New York one of the greatest cities in the world, all because some people choose to eat cheeseburgers and french fries three times a day? It’s just troubling if you ask me.”

That’s what I’m talking about it’s government getting involved in someone elses business on the smallest level, but you say it’s because someone eats all day that the government passes laws. It’s all about money and power. Hopefully insurance companies do not get there way, of course they have the most money. At least being fat is not being taxed yet. You get told not to discriminate but people get discriminated on all the time. Just don’t do it to the unpopular group to criticize according to the media. If I don’t want to run 10 miles a day like I used to to be thin I shouldn’t be forced to like I’m living in a concentration camp. Although that might be kind of fun then I could be thin oh yeaa!! Fuck it nevermind put us in the camps. Cell phone = being tracked 24 7 cell phone company knowing your location. When you solve 100 percent of the crime, you will find that 100 percent of the people are criminals. Shit always brings me back to the media talking shit on russia and how horrable they were back in the 80’s when I grew up during the cold war. Ever made fun of someone and found yourself doing the same thing. I think that may be what’s going on, but where bringing it to a new level with computers. I’m pretty sure they could smoke in a bar.

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Petty shit law + petty shit law + petty shit law = full of shit

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We recently enacted such a ban here in the other Washington via the initiative process. It passed with flying colors, although yours truly voted against it out of principle. IMO the owner of an establishment should be able to decide hiumself to be smoking or non.

Despite my principled stand, I very much enjoy not having to deal with smoking in the establishments I frequent. I am selfishly happy that smokers have to take their icky habit outdoors, but in many respects I do feel sorry for them.

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Red Line
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Ad hominens be damned, you really are a douchebag.
Thanks again, Wonkette!

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I love the smoking bar. I work at a bar on Saturday nights and before the ban I’d work all night not really noticing the smoke until I got home at 4 in the morning and realized I reeked. This was not entirely conducive to bringing home a lady by the way. Now though I go home and my clothes don’t reek. Its lovely.

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My roommate went to Ozio the other day and somehow they’re getting around the smoking ban because people were free to light up.

Non-smoking bar == awesome. I bet Arlington bars become less popular as people go into DC to get out of the smoke.

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Hey blogger, it’s either “No Smoking Law” or “Smoking Ban”. “No Smoking Ban” is a double negative. Jesus, if you’re going to subject people to your opinions at least try to maintain some semblance of coherence..

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I personally would never claim that it takes a new law to make me smell better.

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It distresses me that the authorities feel justified – and the public sheep lap up – passing laws utilizing as grounds that “it’s for your own good”. Every sentient adult in the country knows smoking is hazardous to ones health, but if it’s your choice go ahead! Just as it’s your choice, or should be, to engage in promiscuous sex, eat chocolate and burgers to excess, bungee jump, etc. Personal responsbility is the key to maturity, but the nanny state is making it all better for baby. Beware the slippery slope!

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That’s crap. If you engage in promiscuous sex, eat chocolate and burgers to excess, bungee jump it doesn’t make the club STINK UNTO THE VERY THRONE OF GOD. I’m all about liberty, but your right to swing your fist ends when your fist intersects my face. Cigarettes don’t stay inside the smoker. They stink up everything around them.

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ahahaha. I love Wonkette!