While we definitely no longer see people smoking indoors; at least not anywhere I have been lately, any longer, I am still amazed at how many very young people that are smoking. One would think that they have none of the motivating factors that might have been around when I was young. It was what over 50% of men did, it was portrayed by the cigarette companies through movies and tv ads as something people did to be really sophisticated, or with it.<quoted text>
At least you can admit that you feel your reasons are irrational.
As the saying goes: "The first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have a problem."
While I'm not saying you have a problem, I'm guessing you understand what I mean.
If marijuana is discovered to have extremely bad negative effects such as being able to cause cancer, I will gladly not do it ever again. Though no negative effects have been logged besides the negative effects of smoke itself. This is why I cover my mouth, scurry away, and look disappointedly at people smoking tobacco in public, but don't mind if someone is smoking marijuana in my face.
It's mainly the issue of carcinogenics.
But yes, I do understand how you could have that irrational thought process of pot being bad, from the relation of who smokes it. Nowadays though, marijuana is more like booze at a party, people use it socially. It is much more accepted and many more people use pot casually. This is one of the reasons it was recently legalized in Colorado and Washington. People realize it's not as bad as anti-drug campaigners make it seem, in fact, the majority of things anti-drug campaigners say against marijuana is false.
When you get away from indoor smoke, you really start smelling it everywhere you go. For example I walked my wife to a bus that was taking her to a train and then on to Toronto this morning. There are always a few people who seem panicking about having to get on a bus and not have a cigarette, so they will smoke rapidly, or they will light up near a crowd of people waiting for the bus, and invariably upwind from the others so everyone has to smell the smoke. My wife, though once a smoker, always comments when she smells cigarette smoke. What is even a worse smell and one that likely people will start legislating against is 3rd hand smoke, the foul smell of stale tobacco smoke on the clothing and bodies of smokers.
It boggles my mind that a person, especially a woman, might spend hundreds of dollars and hours to prepare her body and clothing for a special event, and then she goes and smokes, and everyone around her, that is not a smoker, is sickened by her smell. Get caught on an elevator with someone who goes outdoors to smoke, when they are coming back into the building. Granted the danger is likely not great, though in some cases the danger of someone getting angry at the smoker and starting a ruckus is always there.
When people smoked everywhere the foul smell of a smoker was not near as noticeable, I guess because we never actually got away from the smell anywhere.
Sort of like when I was a farmer, I probably smelled of the odor of a barn, the feed, the manure, etc, most of the time, but then I was working in a bank and a farmer would come in (I worked most of my banking career in large towns where a big part of the clientele were farmers), even neatly dressed but you could still smell the farm smells on him, especially if he had pigs. What was even worse is doing a client visit to a farm in your business suit and the client takes you on a tour of his pig barns, and then you have to go back to the office to work the rest of the day, smelling awful.