California banned smoking in public places back in 1995. You can't smoke within a certain number of feet of any public place. Its not allowed at beaches, parks, etc. But its not that big of a deal because no one around here smokes much!
The majority of smokers around here are the young people** and people in recovery. Keven started smoking in recovery because out of 90 residents at Phoenix House he was the ONLY ONE that didn't smoke.
And then there are the people like my aunt, who's been smoking for over 50 years and isn't going to quit any time soon.
In the summer of 2009 I spent some time in Wisconsin and it shocked me that people could smoke in restaurants! It was so weird, I was so accustomed to smoking been looked upon as a gross disgusting habit that it amazed me that people would do such a thing in public (I was smoking myself back then, but not much). If you smoke around here you are looked down upon (at least in my area).
ANYHOW all that to say I noticed New York is jumping on the smoke free bandwagon and was wondering what YOUR STATE does about smoking? Is it taboo? Is it something to be hide behind closed doors? Is it done in public? Is it banned?
**The other day we were discussing how to get kids/teens to not try drugs but we still haven't figured out to get them to not smoke. Its the kids that think smoking is cool that seem to be the same ones that pick up the drugs.
Peace, Hope and Love, Barbara