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Capo May 20th, 2002 02:58 PM

Yeah, me too. I especially hated it when wimpy whining nonsmokers helped get smoking banned on airplane flights. <BR><BR>I long for the good old days of flying when I could inhale some nice smoke along with my meals. And to think that the smokers provided all that smoke for free and didn't even think to charge us for it!

yyyyyy May 20th, 2002 06:45 PM

YEA

aaa May 20th, 2002 06:57 PM

As an American who spends lots of time in Europe and lots of time with Europeans in America, all I can say is that Americans are obsessed with this issue, and are major hypocrites when it comes to health issues. There are more people who've developed allergies to cigarette smoke in America than there are people throughout the world who have allergies to anything. You'd think that citizens of the greatest nation on earth would have something a tad bit more pithy to kvetch about. It's just another way for Americans to assert their superiority - yes, it's a health issue, but there are SO many other health issues that Americans are completely oblivious to - like food, for example!!! Do you see Americans coming home from Europe whining about "the sausages in Germany! I thought I was going to DIE from the grease!!" NO, because the same people who decry smoking are busy snarfing up fries and burgers and grease on every continent they visit. I can't stand a whiff of smoke and it's going to cause brain damage to my next three generations, but give me the triple Whopper with a Biggie Fries and a chocolate milkshake. Get over it. Europeans in general are far healthier than you are, so sort out your health priorities and stop preaching!

nmm May 20th, 2002 07:20 PM

Just grin and bear it Marilyn. I have asthma and sucked up my inhaler like it was water while visiting. Just be prepared, benadryl helps and I carry 2 small room deodorizers.

aaa May 20th, 2002 07:57 PM

Prove my point, nmm. I'm surprised you didn't need a full-time psychotherapist. How DID you survive in Europe? Did you breathe a lot easier when you got back to the clean-old USA? You guys are beyond belief...like the USA is "clean air land." NOT!!! Get over it! Jeez- what if you had to travel to China, God forbid!! You'd die, right????

nmm May 20th, 2002 08:10 PM

Boy are you an idiot aaa. What do you want me to prove? That I have asthma and couldn't breathe? My husband is a cardiologist and takes care of me quite well thank you. I know from years of being sick (had it since childhood) how to take care of myself and don't let it stop me from visiting beautiful countries. I just go prepared and expect to have asthma attacks. You know absolutely nothing about asthma or health for that matter. You don't see the people that are dead from lung cancer you moron.

bbb May 20th, 2002 08:32 PM

Gee, thanks for the info. I bet the husband is going after the young intern, based on your replies.

Liam May 20th, 2002 08:36 PM

Whoever it was, who mentioned Greece is right. I'm a smoker, and one day while waiting for a plane at the Herakleon airport for 5 hours, I literally had to go outside to have a cigarette since the air inside was a dense wall of smoke! Not sure why I was bothering to light my own, actually.... Italy wasn't half as bad.


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