My attitude toward accommodating smoking in public places is changing. As a former smoker (25 years worth), I have thought that reasonable accommodations would be possible for smokers.
Now I am thinking about reasonable accommodations for non-smokers. I quit in 1997 and developed asthma a few years later, in my late forties. If I inhale too much 2nd hand smoke, I get a respiratory attack during the night that absolutely ruins me for the following day.
Today, after being forced out of Pinch Penny by the smoke, I had supper at Quatro's. Although I was not bothered by smoke there, I was dismayed to witness three consecutive groups of young people come in and ask in a panicky way, "Can we smoke here? Where can we smoke?" One wild-eyed young man even followed up with, "Do you have matches?
My God, this has become insane. I will soon be huddling in the cold with my beer. During two recent visits, 99% of Pinch Penny patrons and employees had a weed burning when I walked in.
My lungs are burning. Guess I'll have to give up pub life.