Fist things first…FWIW, coming from a smoker… Michelle and Fascination, I am very sorry for the loss of your parents. I hope that some day you will be able to find peace. Michelle-- "Yeah, I'm the first person to admit I'm hostile about smokers. I think it's absolutely one of the worst things you could do to yourself -- your family members, co-workers, friends, pets, etc. It's hard to believe how many people still smoke when the information about its dangers is everywhere." Your hostility accomplishes nothing other than to induce those on the receiving end to dig in their heels and tune you out. Strong opinions are one thing, activism is one thing, and both are good. But hostility is pointless. Furthermore, as Fascination pointed out, everyone engages in risky, self destructive behavior. And all risky, self-destructive behavior has an impact on those around us. Most everyone knows of the risks, and most everyone does those things anyway. Smoking isn’t any different. Many, if not most, decisions that people make are not based on rational self-interest. "Smelling of cigarette smoke or smelling of curry are such very different things that they can't even be compared. Last time I checked no one ever died from long term eating of curry. You're pretty off base with that analogy, it doesn't compute at all." The idea of anyone dying from long-term curry exposure is completely preposterous, obviously. The seriousness of the implications of one smelling like curry versus smelling of smoke are, of course, completely different. However, the point I was making had nothing to do with the degree of lethality of the smell-producing habit. Instead, I was making a point regarding others’ actions in response to an offensive smell. To that end, I seriously doubt that exposure to someone smelling of smoke will increase the risk of cancer. So, at that point, we’re no longer talking health implications—we’re talking about nothing more than an unpleasant smell. It’s my point that spraying a Mr. or Ms. Stanky with hideous perfume is inexcusable under any circumstance, regardless of what the offensive odour actually is. "Should I have to suffer or be uncomfortable because someone *has* to smoke? Should I have to breathe in second hand smoke? No, I shouldn't. As far as reasonable accommodations are concerned, how far should the world go to allow people to slowly kill themselves and, probably, those around them? Don't I have a right to reasonable accommodation? Why should someone else's bad habit infringe upon my health? I take good care of my body, I don't eat junk food, exercise and eat as healthily as I can. Why should I let some smoker screw that up?" I absolutely will talk about reasonable accommodations. Yes, you’re entitled to reasonable accommodation as much as me, and I think that balance has been found in a lot of places. Smoking is generally prohibited indoors. More and more places are moving to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants, as well. Some places go so far as to mandate that outdoor smoking be a reasonable distance from doors. I’d like to see legislation tackle the issue of underage exposure to secondhand smoke, but I don’t see a good way to go about it. So, at this point, I fail to see how you are being made to suffer. It’s not allowed in most workplaces, or most indoor buildings, you can choose where you eat and go drinking. At some point you have to accept or find your own way of dealing with the little bit you’ll get walking down the sidewalk. I ask again, short of the utopia of having absolutely no smoking in the world, what else do you want? …and don’t even go down the road of allowing people to slowly kill themselves…we, as a world, are perfectly happy to allow that to happen… "Sorry for the rant, but seriously the argument is so out of line." No apology necessary. But out-of-line-ness is subjective, and things look vastly different from my angle.