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  •  I get you, but in the diarist's defense (5+ / 0-)

    the residue of tobacco smoke on a person can trigger asthmatic attacks in some people.

    •  Yes. (4+ / 0-)

      Although the diarist didn't say they had asthma.  If I lived or worked with a person with asthma, I would take care to try not to trigger that as well, but for daily activities in the general population, I'm not sure that it's fair to single out the smell of smoke on clothing and direct bile at smokers for that reason, when any of the following can produce the same or much worse results:

      Common asthma triggers include:

          Animals (pet hair or dander)
          Changes in weather (most often cold weather)
          Chemicals in the air or in food
          Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
          Strong emotions (stress)
          Tobacco smoke

      There's no vilification of people with animals, dusty people, people with chemical odors on their clothing, places of business that aren't careful about dust or chemicals, etc.  
      •  Please do not forget that perfume and (6+ / 0-)

        eau de Cologne can also trigger asthma attacks and other allergies.

      •  addendum: (4+ / 0-)

        I have long requested that my choirs do not wear perfume or cologne and I generally refrain from wearing it myself when attending Church or the symphony, etc.

      •  I do have asthma and allergies. It's worse around (2+ / 0-)
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        commonmass, emeraldmaiden

        tobacco smoke. I'm also allergic to cats, horses, kiwi and Aleve. Strangely, enough, I'm a lot more tolerant of tobacco smoke than my husband who has no allergies at all. I just go into the house and pop a Zyrtec and grab my inhaler in case I need it - I'm used to the disrespect. My husband isn't so charitable.

        If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

        by JDWolverton on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 12:35:04 PM PST

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      •  If an asthmatic person near a smoker has (2+ / 0-)
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        an attack, it doesn' t matter how long the list of asthma triggers is.  The smoke most likely caused the attack.

        •  The claim was just the smell of cigarettes (0+ / 0-)

          On clothes, in the house, etc. Not actual smoke itself.

          Since 1 in 5 adults smoke it would be damn near impossible for someone to make it through a grocery store, hospital, library, movie theater, stadium, office, or other public space where they might encounter more than 5 people wit at least one of them smelling of cigarettes and end up with a triggered asthma attack.

      •  Poinsettia is a trigger to many people, but they (2+ / 0-)
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        don't realize it.  If you have a laytex allergy, you most likely have a poinsettia one as well.  The sensitivity may not always manifest as an asthma attack.  Often it's a general respiratory irritation/ kinda like a sinus infection / upper respiratory infection.

        For me it progressed from getting migraines, to sinus infections and now asthma attacks.

        It's kinda funny at my dentist's office... I have issues with poinsettia and the dentist has issues with evergreens and neither of us are bother by the opposite.  So, December teeth cleaning can become interesting for us.

        I'm now sensitive enough to poinsettia that I can't be within 30 feet for more than 20 minutes without having a 'tickling' feeling in my throat from the irritation.  My allergy is also genetic.  My mother was allergic and so are/were all three of her sibs.

        I'll go off onto a rant about poinsettia like some go off on smokers.  However, I know that the majority of smokers just can't quit, just like that... and poinsettia can be removed.  It took me a good 6 months to quit the caffine habit ... had to ween myself off or I'd get a blazing rebound migraine.  However, I will drink a Diet Dew when the migraine meds aren't working or the inhaler isn't working fast enough - there's something in caffine that helps - don't know what, but I'll keep some on hand for emergencies.

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