The menace of secondhand smoke!


Friday 14th November

If there is one thing i have grown to hate since the smoking ban it is breathing in other people’s secondhand smoke. When i was 18 i used to work in a bar, so i somehow grew to tolerate it. But now we have clean air inside the bars and indoor public areas, I can’t bare people smoking around me.

Not only does it make me feel ill, i can feel it soaking into my freshly washed hair and being absorbed by my already sensitive skin. The reason i’m having this rant is because for the past five mornings, a boy has joined me at the bus stop with his cheap fags, which he buys daily,  breathing his smoke all over me. They also smell stronger and more rancid than most brands, that’s how i know they are cheap. Sure he’s outside, but while he’s smoking under the bus shelter, the smoke just accumulates under there and holds stagnant for everyone else to share!

I could ask him to move down the path a little, although i found it much more satisfying to cough and splutter and put my scarf over my mouth and nose to make a point. I just think people should be more considerate when choosing their outdoor areas to smoke and to make sure it is well ventilated and not two feet away from the non-smoker next to you!

He can do whatever he likes to his skin, but i don’t appreciate his 4000 chemicals and 200 poisons, being inflicted on mine. Secondhand smoke contains formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and around 43 carcinogens and when faced with this every morning, i’m going to look 50 before i even hit 25! Not to mention the potential health problems…

Rant over!


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