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To think people that walk whilst smoking look uncouth?

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VladmirsPoutine Sat 05-Nov-16 22:23:47

I'm not being goady and I am also a smoker but wouldn't ever walk through the street just casually smoke in hand puffing away. I think it looks uncouth. I don't tend to notice people anyway on my commute but I do notice the smokers and think perhaps they should find a bar/cafe with outdoor seating or some kind of smokers corner. Not on the main bloody high-street!

Cosmicglitterghoul Sat 05-Nov-16 22:24:56


Wishforsnow Sat 05-Nov-16 22:26:49

Well there aren't many places they can. It's outside. The same would go for people walking and eating I suppose. Just not the done thing.

alltouchedout Sat 05-Nov-16 22:29:21

You sound like my colleague. I keep telling her no one smokes to look classy. It's not 1950.

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Nov-16 22:31:16

Yeah because no-one ever moans about smokers using the outside seating area of a bar of cafe...

Off topic but I love the word 'uncouth'

It's just not used enough.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Sat 05-Nov-16 22:32:46

I think it's dangerous.

Them things get HOT.

dontbesillyhenry Sat 05-Nov-16 22:33:27

Oh yes very uncouth, very vulgar.
Unless of course they walk with a cigarette holder and smoking jacket ala Richard E Grant in withnail and I

DrunkenMissOrderly Sat 05-Nov-16 22:35:04

Oh well.

legotits Sat 05-Nov-16 22:38:03

My Nan used to insist we popped down an alley or leant up a wall out of sight to share a fag grin

She didn't like the people ogling her on the bus.

I always thought it looked way dodgier to drop out of sight but somehow smoking on the bus was for hussies and miners.

Sugarlightly Sat 05-Nov-16 22:42:46

Maybe they have places to be confused

witsender Sat 05-Nov-16 22:52:17

I love the word uncouth.

And I agree. Along with eating whilst walking along (apart ice cream) or doing make up in public. I feel myself turning into my Granny when I see it.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sat 05-Nov-16 22:53:41

I'm embarrassed that I smoke and will always hide away to smoke if possible because it's such a frowned upon habit these days.

Uncouth sounds like something from a Jane Austin novel grin but I know what you mean, it's bad manners in a crowded area. I will have a fag occasionally if I'm walking somewhere and there's no one about though. Maybe I'm common and vulgar.

My pet hate is women smoking while pushing a buggy. No need, wait til you get home love and have it in the garden.

maddiemookins16mum Sat 05-Nov-16 22:58:42

I agree. I smoke, and even sometimes outside my garden. I never walk down the street smoking, it''s "common", so I hide behind a shelter and puff away.

HeddaGarbled Sat 05-Nov-16 23:04:14

Many many years ago when I was a young woman who smoked, my mum told me never to smoke outdoors as it was "common". This from a woman who came from a very poor working class background but who had very strong opinions about what was respectable behaviour. Needless to say, I took no notice whatsoever.

What's the opposite of uncouth? Couth?

DearMrDilkington Sat 05-Nov-16 23:06:55

This reminds me of my nan, I was out shopping with her one day and she kept saying we need to find somewhere to sit as she can't walk around smoking or she'll look common! Apparently sitting down rolling a fag doesn't look as tackygringrin


paxillin Sat 05-Nov-16 23:07:47

Uncouth is a sadly underused word.

Smoking is best done sitting on a plastic chair in the front garden, holding a can of Stella. Preferably whilst wearing an old bathrobe and pyjamas with hearts printed on. Yelling at the many children around one's feet optional.

PerspicaciaTick Sat 05-Nov-16 23:08:04

Smoking is revolting. Walking doesn't make it any worse.

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Sat 05-Nov-16 23:08:05

I love the word uncouth! So underused.

You're probably being unreasonable. That being said, when I was a smoker I never cared to smoke whilst perambulating along the boulevard. I too felt it to be uncouth. Unless I had recently quit a hostelry and was seven sheets to the wind. In which case issues of couthness did not blight my mind.

elephantoverthehill Sat 05-Nov-16 23:12:33

No keep walking and smoking. I have given up for six years but I love that unexpected inhale. BTW my GMs would have agreed with OP.

MooPointCowsOpinion Sat 05-Nov-16 23:12:59

I saw someone smoking yesterday in the street and I was a bit taken aback, it's just not very prevalent anymore.

I didn't think less of him for it actually, he was a nice friendly bloke, who just happened to stink to high heaven. I would have minded if my kids were around though.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sat 05-Nov-16 23:15:01

grin Bunty, Quite right, when one is moderately inebriated, the couth standards slip somewhat.

Paxillin Don't knock the classic combo of Stella and fags.

Whoever said they can roll a fag whilst walking; respect.

legotits Sat 05-Nov-16 23:19:57

Are you spying on me Pax hmm

The only thing that puzzles me now about smoking in public would be where to flip it.

I saw on telly £80 for dropping a fag end.
thank fuck they don't issue retrospective fines for all us ex

HeddaGarbled Sat 05-Nov-16 23:21:43

Mostly it's vaping now though, so you walk along behind someone who creates an enormous cloud every 2 minutes.

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Nov-16 23:27:01

OK, now I feel that more people should be 'perambulating along the boulevard in an 'uncouth' manner.

With or without a fag it just has to be done grin grin

toastytoastbear Sat 05-Nov-16 23:27:05

my mum would never smoke on the street as she considered it tacky! She also considered it tacky to light up in a cafe/restaurant without checking if the other diners minded. She was MOST put out when someone did mind one day hmmgrin

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