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Sorry in advance if you are a keen smoker and are committed to your daily smoke. I am not and I find cigarette fumes in public places really really really difficult to manage. The worst places are shopping centre mall entrances. Often people congregate outside(behind the line) and smoke and smoke and smoke. The fumes are a real problem for people passing through (often with small children in tow who can’t move quickly). And on some days the wind blows the fumes into the mall itself, so you can’t sit on the bench or wait by the door without having trouble. How do you manage? or how can a person who is really sensitive to the poisons manage to get into the mall and other such places?


Posted anonymously, 14th August 2016


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  • Smokers don’t seem to understand or worse still consider the risk they put other peoples’ lives at. Asthmatics can suffer attacks from tobacco smoke. Some Asthmatics who don’t have as many attacks then have worse ones that also damage their heart. I know of more than one child in one family who had collapsed lungs whose parents didn’t smoke but others around them did. Their parents were co0nstantly asked if they were smokers.

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  • I’m with you! These smokers keep going on about their rights…what about non smokers rights!? Smokers choose to smoke, non smokers choose not to smoke, yet because of smokers our choice is effectively taken away from us.

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  • I can empathise with you. I get mad that I have to breathe in the smoke as I enter a shopping centre or other public place. I am really pleased that smoking is being banned in outdoor dining areas now. I love eating outside but would move inside if someone nearby was smoking and ruining the experience. I know it’s an addiction but we wouldn’t put up with any other addiction impacting others.

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  • Luckily that there are stricter rules now. For example you can’t smoke within 10 meters from playgrounds (here in WA at least) and smoking is forbidden in the shopping area in Perth CBD. I hope they will make more and more rules around Australia, because passive smoking is almost as dangerous as active smoking.

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