Same here, I REALLY don't get people who begin smoking, though pot does have a distinct smell, you could easily get rid of that by cooking it into fatty foods.<quoted text>
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.
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.
Though when it comes to cigarettes, I agree with you, I hate the smell people have when they smoke, I dislike people who smoke upwind, and I also find it disgusting that the police in my area do not enforce the law properly. The law is that you are not allowed to smoke within 15 feet of the doors to a public place. People are always smoking right outside the doors and the police in Quebec are extremely lazy unless they have to meet their quota.
I also don't understand why young kids still smoke. I think it's something to with with the fact that they see cool people in movies smoking all the time, then they make a poor judgement call and decide to smoke without really knowing anything about it. Another explanation could be that people are getting addicted to cigarettes before they even smoke, through secondhand smoking...it does happen.