As you know Bob, but I have to say for anyone coming to this blog for the first time, I go to college in Northern Ohio. I lived in Southern Ohio for the longest time. I am use to Ohio weather. I expect that in January, especially at night, for it to be incredibly cold, and in the single digits. It’s the norm. It’s what we have a reputation for. I’m pretty damn close, it’s 6 degrees, and with the windchill, feels like -6.
I’m finally getting to sit down after having run around and done several things. Turn on my fan, open the air freshener, and employ the emergency inhaler. After all, someone has smoked in the girl’s bathroom, filling the hall with smoke, and getting it in my room.
I don’t look down on people who smoke. Everyone has habits and addictions of somesort. The great thing about cigarettes is everyone are told the risk. Since they’re wee little kids, the fact that they addictive, and hard to quit, as well as many other facts–sadly, schools don’t believe in a fair and balanced education, so they forgot to mention that they’re stress relieving and for many, enjoyable to smoke–so anyone for paid attention in at least one of the many years, the facts are drilled into their about what to expect.
Thus, if anyone becomes a regular smoker in Ohio, they have to realize that will include having to suck up going out in weather so cold that despite bundling up, being outside in the cold for more then 10 minutes results in numbness in various parts of the body. Sure, if someone really wants to be stubborn, they can insist on smoking indoors whenever the craving hits in the dead of winter, but they’re going to be caught and slapped with a fine (state law in Ohio) pretty quickly unless it’s their private residence or another place where it is permitted. This…doesn’t included dorms.
Furthermore, and excuse my language, smoking in the girl’s bathroom is fucking stupid. If I were going to light up in the dorm room, I’d smoke and either open a window and smoke in the direction of the window, or use a ton of air freshener, or a combo. I mean, that’s what my ex-roommate did for her smoking habits for the week and a half I lived with her, and she was never caught during the time I lived in that dorm for the whole first semester.
Meanwhile, a bathroom has no windows, or place for ventilation. If a student smokes in the bathroom, everyone in the hall will know someone smoked in the bathroom. Chances are slim that they’ll like it. Especially when here, the dorms are small, and most people know who the three smokers in the dorm are, so it’s not as if smoking in the bathroom will really hide tracks that well. Tl;dr smoking in the bathroom is more likely to get a student caught.
Of course, smoking in a bathroom and getting smoke in the hallway is unhealthy and inconsiderate. But whoever did it is one of the selfish people that doesn’t care about other people. They probably knew it’d bother other people from the start.
But seriously. If you’re going to smoke in Northern Ohio, be prepared that in November-March, there will be times where, to get you’re fix, you’re going to freeze you’re ass off.