No …. not this blog but the issue of smoking (or not smoking) on cruise ships, in hotels, airports and so many other places. Being a smoker is tough these days and as a non-smoker I am far more sympathetic than those who kicked the habit years ago. I find that ex-smokers are the ones who are more likely to insist on a confirmed non-smoking room in a hotel or cast ugly looks in the direction of a smoker who gets too close. From what I have heard giving up smoking is hard – and kudos to those who have managed to do this.
Over the years there have been less places for smokers – airports started cutting back and even introduced special sealed off rooms where smokers could have that last puff before boarding. In fact there are even websites devoted to finding the best airports for smokers ….. https://airportsmokers.com.
I think maybe there are some smokers who would prefer two connections in their flight itinerary rather than some of those mega flights of 14 hours or more without a smoke. Goodness, I can remember the days when a flight would be divided into smoking and non-smoking. Anyone remember that? And what was the point of requesting a seat in non-smoking when the person in front of you was in the smoking zone? And then there were those who sat in the non-smoking zone and just blatantly ignored the signs and lit up – and very often no-one would bat an eyelid.
Oh boy – has all that changed or what? Airlines, cruise lines, hotels – they are all getting more vigilant. Carnival Cruise lines has just announced new anti-smoking policies –
“(1:16 p.m. EST) — Get caught smoking on your balcony on a Carnival Cruise Line ship, and you not only will get hit with a hefty fine, but you and your cabin mates also could be sent home. The line, which prohibits passengers from smoking on cabin balconies, has firmed up its smoking policy, warning that anyone who violates the policy will be fined $500 (posted to their onboard account). In addition, violations may result in the disembarkation of all passengers in the cabin.” as reported on Cruise Critic https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/3531/
Even rental cars have their own anti-smoking rules –
“The major rental car companies in the United States and Canada run smoke-free rental car fleets. In fact, smoking in a rental vehicle is the single most common reason renters get stuck paying cleaning fees for rental cars. A small subset of renters insist on smoking in rental cars anyway, and the consequences are not pretty.” as reported in Auto Slash https://www.autoslash.com/blog-and-tips/posts/exhibit-a-why-breaking-the-no-smoking-rule-in-a-rental-car-is-ill-advised
Now while I can hear all the non-smokers cheering here I must repeat – I do feel a certain amount of sympathy for the smoking public. After all smoking cigarettes is not illegal and you really don’t want to deny a smoker his or her cigarette for too long! As was evidenced on this flight last year.
Maybe the inflight movie was crappy – or she didn’t have earbuds ???