The apartment building where I’m living in Covington, Kentucky is going non-smoking beginning July 1st and, of course, the smokers are up in arms about it. I try really hard not to get into arguments where I live, but here are some of the words I’ve been hearing.
HEARD: “They can’t tell me what to do!” REALITY: Of course ‘they’ can. You’re a tenant in ‘their’ building.
HEARD: “This is just like Nazi Germany!” REALITY: I’ve never been to Nazi Germany, but I don’t think it was like this. I think it was probably much worse.
HEARD (Actually told to me): “You smoke too!” REALITY: Not anymore. For the past six months, I’ve vaped on an e-cigarette which is actually a vaporizer. It doesn’t involve tobacco or smoke or second-hand smoke and it doesn’t have any odor to it at all.
HEARD (Actually told to me): “I ain’t smoking one of those damn things!” RESPONSE: Then don’t.
HEARD (Actually told to me): “So you’re against us!” RESPONSE: No, I’m not, but I can’t do anything about this new policy.
HEARD: “Fuck ‘em!!” REALITY: Enjoy your new apartment search.
Yesterday afternoon, a tenant here in the building knocked on my door wanting me to sign a petition to allow smoking to continue here in the building. Now, I’ve talked to the people who manage where I live in and I know they’re not going to change their mind, so signing a petition wouldn’t do any good and I didn’t. I think this pissed off the person with the chipboard in his hand but so be it.
Back in my smoking days, I was pretty anal about ashtrays—would never throw out cigarette butts until I was sure all those butts were out, but I suspect most of the people who live in my building aren’t that way and I think making it a non-smoking building will make it safer for those of us who don’t smoke. Safer is better
. . . and if you’re thinking I’m glad I switched from tobacco to vapor, you’re damn right. My intent is to stay out of this fight.
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