Before we get to far into this post I have a few disclaimers. I am a former smoker. In my late teens, I smoked a pack to a pack and a half a day. I quit over 32 years ago and now HATE cigarette and cigar smoke. Even the smell gives me an instant headache. I simply have zero toleration for all things smoke. But I understand the addiction — quitting was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
If I still were a smoker, coming off a long flight from Europe or Asia, I would have been one of those making a beeline to one of these rooms to light up as quickly as I could. I am thankful that is not me and applaud anyone with the fortitude to quit this filthy and poisonous habit.
With the above in mind, I am personally thrilled over this coming change. While a smoker may not notice that he or she is mundungus after puffing away in one of these enclosed rooms, I despise sitting next to one of these reeking folks on the next flight. Even just walking past one of these rooms can result in a wave of offensive stink wafting into my nose. But I get these changes will have many negative impacts on not just smokers.
For the smoker, it means departing security and going outside the airport to smoke in the open air. Depending on the connection, this may not even be an option.
Also, this can drive smokers to vape where they should not. This past summer I was on a British Air flight to London and the passenger in 1D was vaping up in the air at his seat no less (we were descending and I did not want to get the flight attendants attention at that point). The point is I am sure many smokers, due to the nasty addiction, will break rules and vape in bathrooms other places they should not.
I have also seen folks use smokeless tobacco on Delta flights (no, it is not allowed per Delta rules). That habit is also revolting (spitting into your Dasani bottle) and tends to stink as well. This is even grosser in a Sky Club when trying to enjoy a meal.
You tell me. Are you a smoker who may just at last quit once this change hits? Are you a nonsmoker and, like me, happy about this coming change? You tell me! – René