Tuesday, September 02, 2014
I try to be understanding and tolerant about that too because I was such a heavy smoker for so many years. It is actually somewhat embarrassing to know now that I reeked of tobacco smoke without even realizing it but....even with that understanding.....I can't stand the odor of a smoker. Makes me sick. Gives me a headache to be near them. I'm having the conundrum of trying to figure out a polite and tactful way of informing smokers I work with about this problem.
"Damn you reek!", while holding my nose and fanning the air would probably hurt a person's feelings and I don't want to do that. As I said, I was a smoker too and was oblivious to the smoke cloud of stink that hovered around me through the day. I can hold my breath, but not for more than a couple of minutes at a time and it makes conversation difficult.
What to do? What to do?
I'm pretty much coming to the conclusion that I may just have to be up front and direct about the whole thing....like the asshole ex-smokers that I always hated in the past. Fortunately, it's becoming more and more a smoke-free world every day.
Can't happen soon enough for me.