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    Trapped with smoker -- gasp!

    I'm sitting here at the office, just got in from the airport, and my clothes reek of smoke. But at least I'm out. I just spent four days with my mom, a member of The Greatest Generation but also The Chesterfield Generation. At 80, she has been an unrepentant chainsmoker for 65 years. She lives in a heavily upholstered, draped and carpeted house. Her ceilings are tobacco stained. I spent most of my time out on the sun porch. At night I put damp towels over the A/C outlet and opened the window as wide as possible. I love my mom, but visitng her is like going into a gas chamber.

    I got up every morning at dawn and rode my bike 25 miles. It was fabulous. I cleared out my lungs, and just breathed! I know that helped.

    My purse smells like smoke. I'm going to have to put my suitcase outside for a few days.

    Anybody else deal with this kind of thing, at least occasionally?

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    I came from a pretty smoke free heritage, although my father used to smoke a pipe when I was a youngster and then he simply quit.

    So, of course, I started smoking at 17 or 18, smoked heavily for seventeen years, and then quit. Thirteen years later, picked up the habit again as a "I'll do whatever I want!" thing after my divorce. Four years later, I quit again for the last time, on New Year's Eve at midnight. Quitting smoking is in my top ten lifetime achievements. And even now, several years later, I still have an urge now and then. Nothing that a little diversion can't handle and it's soon forgotten.

    So, I can empathise for your situation. It's TOUGH to be in a smoky environment! I like going to Vegas now and then, maybe once every year or two, but the casinos are so smoky I can hardly stand it!

    Obviously, your mom ain't gonna quit. So it sounds like you just have to grit your teeth, get outside as much as possible, and enjoy your visit with her, despite the smoke. She's about the same age as my folks.

    Good thing is you got those nice 25 milers in. Yea, fresh air!!!

    I'm rambling. Can't ride until the Cable Guy comes to fix something.

    Not much of a direct response to your post, huh.
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    My 70 year old Aunt Mary complains that no one will come visit her because her home smells so bad due to her smoking. My mother and one of her two sons will go to her apartment. Everyone else insists on being outside if they have to be with her. Thank goodness I am 600 miles away and don't have to put up with it. I love her to death, but just can't stand the stink.
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    Rambling's good, Digital Gee. The funniest thing was, my mom told my sister and me she's a "fresh air fiend." We fell out laughing. But not in front of her. She had surgery once and couldn't smoke for about two months. I thought, this is it! She's quitting. Nah.

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    I can relate very well. My brother, sister-in-law, nephew, niece, and brother-in-law all smoke. When we have a family event,especially indoors, I smell like I have been to a bar. I have stayed with both families after major surgeries, and am grateful for this, but was glad to get home to fresh air.

    Do you notice how long and rhythimic your breathing is after a good workout. Then notice how short and shallow your breathing becomes when breathing in second hand smoke.
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    Yes!

    Hey Olebiker, your Aunt Mary and my mom ought to get together! Maybe compare lighters or something.

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    Did you know that the "Great Smokies" are actually in Indiana? My mother, both my sisters, my sister's husband and all of their kids all live in a wonderful small Indiana town--and they all smoke like factories. I'm really looking forward visiting them next month, but I'm not looking forward to the endless clouds of smoke.

    Fortunately, I'll be on The Rural Ride in Indiana. (www.triri.org. Check out the web site. It's a great ride if anyone is looking for something to do that week) The ride that has a two-day stop in their town of Angola. Seems like I have a chance to have the best of both worlds.
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    I think I have a sad but true story to tell you that most will find hard to believe. My dear brother, who is four years my junior at 63 years old has had the following surgeries, all within the last year.
    Triple heart bypass
    Left carotid reamed out
    Right carotid reamed out
    Arteries in both legs reamed out because of arterial disease
    Stents placed in both kidneys
    Has colon cancer and presently on a six months regimen of chemotherapy

    HE IS STILL SMOKING!!! YES, visiting him has always been a chore because of the stench in his house. Point to ponder......the only difference between cigarettes, cocaine, heroin, and all other addictive drugs is that cigarettes are legal. My my, what a terrible addiction.

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    I think I have a sad but true story to tell you that most will find hard to believe. My dear brother, who is four years my junior at 63 years old has had the following surgeries, all within the last year.
    Triple heart bypass
    Left carotid reamed out
    Right carotid reamed out
    Arteries in both legs reamed out because of arterial disease
    Stents placed in both kidneys
    Has colon cancer and presently on a six months regimen of chemotherapy

    HE IS STILL SMOKING!!! YES, visiting him has always been a chore because of the stench in his house. Point to ponder......the only difference between cigarettes, cocaine, heroin, and all other addictive drugs is that cigarettes are legal. My my, what a terrible addiction.

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    I think I have a sad but true story to tell you that most will find hard to believe. My dear brother, who is four years my junior at 63 years old has had the following surgeries, all within the last year.
    Triple heart bypass
    Left carotid reamed out
    Right carotid reamed out
    Arteries in both legs reamed out because of arterial disease
    Stents placed in both kidneys
    Has colon cancer and presently on a six months regimen of chemotherapy

    HE IS STILL SMOKING!!! YES, visiting him has always been a chore because of the stench in his house. Point to ponder......the only difference between cigarettes, cocaine, heroin, and all other addictive drugs is that cigarettes are legal. My my, what a terrible addiction.

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    Sorry about the duplication

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    HWY 40 Blue: Yeah is stinks being trapped with a smoker. On the other hand... REJOICE... you must come from a genetic pool that's pretty tough... 80 years old and smoking for 65 years. Wow, sounds indestructible.
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    I marvel that she's hanging in there.

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    smokers either don't realize the inconvience they cause to others or they just don't care regardless of the addiction to the nicotine.
    there can be 5- 10 people in a crowd and always someone will light up that smoke as if it would not bother other people.

    I have not smoked for 27 years and do not miss it @ all.
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    My mother quit at age 78 while in the hospital with pneumonia, pleuresy and other lung crud. She smoked through other surgeries but got the big scare and stopped. She is now 84. I quit 20 years ago and am now allergic to it. If I breath a little tobacco smoke I get bad headaches and fluid in my lungs. A lot of it and my sinuses close up and my eyes swell shut, as well as nausea. Sometimes on the bike I get close to a car at a light and I can feel it right away if there's a smoker in the car. In my work I get in people's cars, I'm a mechanic, and some of them make me sick.

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    My youngest son (31) runs a drive-thru beverage store. He tells of one customer who drives in hooked up to an oxygen tank. The oxygen sits on the passenger seat, the hoses go up the guy's nose...he can barely talk, but he orders his weekly supply of unfiltered cigaretts. The cigaretts go right next to the oxygen on the front seat...and off he goes. Sad but true.

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    I'm an ex-smoker, stopped years ago when I realized it was badly cutting into my climbing ability, and I was so thoroughly addicted I could not cut down my smoking.

    But am I the only one here who doesn't mind, in fact still enjoys a whiff of tobacco smoke. And if I could be confident I could limit my smoking to just 2-3 cigarettes, or 1 cigar per day, I would go back. I really liked it, and I'm certainly willing to do things that are potentially health damaging but pleasurable... like ride downhill.

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    Hey Hwy,

    You said. . .

    >>> At night I put damp towels over the A/C outlet

    What's that maneuver for?

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    You are describing my 86 year old father, has smoked since he was 17 without ever quitting other than when he was in the hospital. When I visit I leave my suitcase and clothes out in the garage otherwise my wife has to decontaminate everything. My lungs are reeling by the time I get out of there, I have to get out for a run a day to clear them out.

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    I work in a noisey environment. When we talk to each other, we have to get pretty close in order to hear. You can always tell when someone just had a smoke. Boy, does their breath stink!

    I smoked for many years and never realized how bad I smelled until I quit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota

    I smoked for many years and never realized how bad I smelled until I quit.
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    Since I have been a dues-paying member of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights since they were founded as Californians for Nonsmokers' Rights, you can probably guess where I stand on this issue. I cringe when I recall the dark ages, in which workplace smoking was permitted, and I dread traveling to certain states and countries.
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    Kissing a smoker is like licking a full ashtray!
    But remember, it's good for your "T"-zone!

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    I have a severe allergic reaction to cigarette smoke, including second hand smoke. It is so severe that I was turned down for military service......at the height of the Vietnam conflict. I was rejected at the sign in desk and never took the physical. My bride to be had a choice, cigarettes or me. She said it was a tough choice, but the price of cigarettes was getting ridiculous and she wanted to see how she looked in white.
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    Coyote, the damp towel maneuver is to block smoky air from blowing into my bedroom from the vent -- she is out there in another part of the house, smoking up a storm, and the air conditioning is circulating. You can smell it coming in through the vent.

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