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Smoking and Law
Poster: "Heather Swann" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I must put in a word in support of a 'no smoking in public areas' law.
I am allergic to cigarette, cigar, and many other forms of smoke. If a group
of Gentles stands in a doorway or very near the doorway of a hall, I cannot
exit by that door to get a breathe of fresh air, or to go watch outdoor
activities. If gentles smoke at the list field, I have to spend 80% of my
time watching where their smoke is going and moving to avoid it. This
detracts from my enjoyment of the tourney to the point that I have not
bothered to watch some tourneys at all, having noticed a large number of
I realize most Gentles understand this allergy as it pertains to
breathing, but here is something you may not have considered: I have to avoid
getting smoke on my skin and clothes. If I get smoke on my skin, it itches
terribly, and I have to scrub it off with water and a cloth. It also causes
nausea. I cannot merely hold my breath and run through the smoke, although I
have had to do so on occasion when no other option was possible. If the
concentration of smoke is too high, I turn funny colours and stop breathing.
The allergy seems to be specific to things that people actively smoke,
such as cigarettes, cigars, and, I discovered thanks to some downstairs
neighbors in college, illegal substances. I was living in an upstairs
apartment when my downstairs neighbors decided to hold a (I presume, since I
am not terribly familiar with the smell) pot party. I would have died if I
had not managed to drag myself out to the parking lot where I lay gasping like
a fish out of water for several hours, scrubbing the smoke off my skin with a
puddle of rainwater.
I have no problem with the smoke from a blacksmith's forge, for
example, or even pipes. The chemical composition of the smoke appears to be
I just wanted to clarify for smokers why this particular law and its
enforcement is import to the allergic non smokers.
Thank you for your patience, I'll step off the soapbox now....
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