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To think that ALL smoking (cigarettes and e-cigs) should be banned in public places?!

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babybearsmummy Mon 03-Mar-14 16:52:42

I've been sat in my GP waiting room with my little girl waiting for my appt and in walks a lady puffing away on an e-cig. She hasn't put it away and is just sat smoking it.

AIBU to think this is rude and that, just because it's not an actual cigarette, the same rules should apply, mainly because it's stinking the whole waiting room out!?!

DarlingGrace Mon 03-Mar-14 16:55:23

e-cigs dont smell, unlike babies who are a heady mixture of piddle, poo and posset plus they make a noise.

babybearsmummy Mon 03-Mar-14 16:57:18

confused hers did.

And for the record my dd was freshly changed and was sat quietly on my lap sucking her thumb grin

msrisotto Mon 03-Mar-14 16:57:34

Some e-cigs do smell, a lady opposite me on the train had a vanilla scented ecig. Anyway, YABU, e-cigs are not real cigs at all and unless the scent is offensive, they are no harm to anyone.

DarlingGrace Mon 03-Mar-14 16:58:40

FWIW I know they arent real fags but I do think the same areas of abstinence should apply to indoor areas

GreenLandsOfHome Mon 03-Mar-14 17:01:37


They don't 'stink out' whole rooms. There may be a faint scent from some flavours and if it's not to your liking then too bad.

What would you do if she came in wearing a horrifically strong perfume that you didn't like? Clutch your pearls and ask for her to be removed?

Wantsunshine Mon 03-Mar-14 17:02:06

Well then you would also need to ban coffee in public places as that has an aroma.

GreenLandsOfHome Mon 03-Mar-14 17:02:39

Why darling grace?

HenriettaMaria Mon 03-Mar-14 17:05:28

An anti-smoking thread with a new angle.

Oh, joy. hmm

LadyBeagleEyes Mon 03-Mar-14 17:05:56

Smokers will never win will they?

littlemisssarcastic Mon 03-Mar-14 17:06:42

I'd rather doctors surgeries banned anyone who persistently coughs without covering their mouths, sniffs their snotty nose over and over and clears their throat without disposing of the contents they've just hacked up.
I had to sit for an hour at the doctors last week between 2 people who didn't have 1 tissue between them. envy

Ledare Mon 03-Mar-14 17:06:52

Nicotine patches smell fucking awful. I assume people are allowed to use those in public and not be abstinent?

babybearsmummy Mon 03-Mar-14 17:09:57

I'm not having a go at smokers, it just wasn't very nice having to sit in a confined space smelling her e-cig, which smelt a lot like a real cigarette. I don't think I'd have minded if it was vanilla, coffee or whatever other nice smell, but the fact that it smelt like a normal fag wasn't very nice and she could have popped outside for a minute.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 03-Mar-14 17:09:57

I think e-cigs are great. I teach adult and youth education classes sometimes and I think it's better for everyone to have people not smoking on breaks and stinking the place out. However, some of the smells of the flavoured e-cigs are repulsive and really shouldn't be inflicted on everyone. I know it's U of me but that rank 'vanilla' smell. <boak>

Binkyridesagain Mon 03-Mar-14 17:10:28

Sometimes I forget that I am puffing on my e cig when I walk into buildings, I often have it hanging out of my mouth whilst I am using my hands.

GreenLandsOfHome Mon 03-Mar-14 17:20:52

I think you're telling porkies.

There are lots of different smells, from various fruity ones to vanilla, chocolate, coffee etc.

I've never encountered an e cig that smells like an actual cigarette. Even the tobacco flavours just leave a smell that's a bit scented, sometimes floral.

I think the only explanation is that age was smoking an actual cigarette op.

Ledare Mon 03-Mar-14 17:26:51

The vapour from an e-cig disappears very quickly as well. Wish my G.P waiting room smelled faintly of e-liquid instead of stale smoke, shit and B.O.

I would like to see banned older people who are there because they have a vomiting and diarrhoea bug and lean very closely in order the whisper this information to you.

And it is always older people before I'm accused of ageism. My parents used to go in for anything. The keep away for 48 hours idea never seemed to get through to them.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Mon 03-Mar-14 17:27:49


Smoking was banned in public places because it's a massive health risk. E cigs aren't. In fact, the more people see them, the more smokers will be encouraged to try them and the more lives could be saved.

Lots of things stink out waiting rooms. Sadly none of us have the right to be protected from smells we don't like. If we did, there are a lot of other things I'd ban before ecigs grin

sparechange Mon 03-Mar-14 17:29:23

Real cigarettes are dangerous to health. It is perfectly reasonable to object to them in your vicinity.

But e-cigs are about as harmful as a cup of coffee, so if you want to start banning those, you may as well also outlaw any perfumes that might be offensive to anyone.

I personally would lobby hard to ban those grim Lynx smells, and also those sickly celebrity perfumes. They give me a headache, to the extent I have had to get off a train and wait for the next one because a carriage smelt so strongly of perfume.

venusandmars Mon 03-Mar-14 17:29:28

I'm an ex-smoker, and I hate e-cigs because I see people smoking them and it reminds me of al the delights of real smoking sad

And I really don't want my dc to grow up thinking that smoking of any sort is ok.

Treaclepot Mon 03-Mar-14 17:31:45

I hate the smell of some of them, some of them remind me of those vile air freshners. But they are 100 times better than cigs, and don't make me crave a cigerette like a fag does.

Some places do ban both, Our local pub and cafe have.

KatieScarlett2833 Mon 03-Mar-14 17:35:06

I was vaping outdoors when a woman approached me and asked me loads of questions about it.
I saw her buying one the next day.

I've not touched a cigarette since I got one, I've smoked 30 a day for 29 years.

They are not harmful at all. What you see is similar to steam from a kettle. Ecigs are by far the most successful quit method, god knows I tried everything else, nothing worked. This works.

Ledare Mon 03-Mar-14 17:38:28

When they bring out an e-liquid which smells like this I will agree with you.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Mon 03-Mar-14 17:40:32

I reckon menthol bacon flavour's probably a bit antisocial.

KatieScarlett2833 Mon 03-Mar-14 17:42:43

grin Ledaire
I used to love that as a teen, smelled it recently and gagged.

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