Did every public place in America smell like cigarettes in the 60s?

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  1. Chunkocaster

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    Until you grew up? Sounds like you just made the choice to stop smoking.
     
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    About a year after our public smoking ban went into effect, I went to see a band at one of the most notoriously smokey rooms in Detroit - The Magic Stick.

    It reeked of stale beer . Super bad. It probably always did, but the smoke smell obviously covered it up .
     
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    People fart in public all the time. Everyone, no exceptions. No one does anything to change the law with regard to that.
     
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    Very few good feelings equal having a smoke and a drink in a bar where there was not a busybody to be found. That all changed, even I changed I don't smoke anymore, and don't care to be around it. I don't drink anymore, and don't care to be around it. Kind of hypocritical when you think about it.
     
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    Some old pubs still smell of smoke.
    Things got tough here on smoking in the early 80s. Thank goodness.
    I remember I used to dress well, suits, at least jacket and tie, even when playing gigs. Found out I had a lot of dry cleaning just to keep those items clean smelling.
    Now, here in Oz, they don't allow public smoking even at football games, NEVER in a restaurant. Smokers are treated like lepers.
     
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    It wasn't until I left home for college that I was in a tobacco smoke free environment. It was the first time I could really taste food.

    My theory is that the smoking environment of the 60s is why we thought TV dinners tasted good.
     
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    Sometimes I almost couldn't sing no more because of the smoke.
    Thank changed manners for smoke free stages.
     
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    I clearly recall my doctor having a lit cigarette in an ashtray while he was giving me vaccinations or annual shots when I was very young - under 5 based on where we were living.

    another place that I recall being smoke-filled was the submarine that I served aboard, in the early 80’s - we made our own air, and then mucked it up with incessant smoking.

    I’ve been smoke free for 14 years, and like most former smokers, smell it everywhere that it’s present. I work in a hospital, and it lingers in public elevators - and when I enter a patient room, I can smell the stink on family and clothes...

    I’ll never touch another one, and consciously avoid places that permit it. Playing casino gigs is one of the few places that I gig where it’s still allowed...but it pays well enough that I just deal with it
     
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    My father is a kind of relic from these times, and to this day he thinks its ok to want to hold my 6 month old daughter with an ashtray smelling beard, hands, clothes and breath. He thinks I'm being exaggerated. No, my daughter wont have her pure and innocent soul corroded in any way at such an early age by an irresponsible old man who thinks the world has to conform to whatever he feels like doing. Funny thing is that he quit smoking for about 10 years, then he started thinking his life wasn't dangerous or self destructive enough as it used to, and started again. He has just come out of the hospital where he stayed 10 says in intensive care due to cirrhosis of the liver because of his alcoholism. First thing he did after getting home was lit a nasty cigarrete while listening to black Sabbath at high volume. At night he went to the pub, but he says he wont drink anymore. Great way to get straight i guess. The 70s and 80s left us with a lot of problematic people who have a peculiar feel good mentality in detriment of themselves and the whole of society.
     
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    I remember smoking in class at college in 1974. The teacher told us it was OK, but only if we brought our own ashtray.

    I also remember when it was first banned in clubs and restaurants, smokers claimed the whole restaurant and night club industry would die because no one would go out any more. :rolleyes:
     
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    That was two weeks ago for me...

    Yea, the air handlers and ductwork are all still "smoking" and releasing tar and gases. I played at one place that had been smoke free for years, and I still had to ditch my clothes in the garage after a gig.

    A lot of family and friends smoked, but I never did. I think those scare tactics and films at school worked.
     
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    I remember being at parties, a non smoker, and everyone else smoking. Then someone would go " man it's smoky in here, open the windows " Usually a smoker. Yeah, how'd it get that way ? And how do you think the non smokers feel
     
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    I like it so much better now.
     
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    I remember renting an apartment that was a old two-story house subdivided into 4 units. It was in a real nice old neighborhood in Fort Worth (Ryan Place) and the woman upstairs was oh so fine. She was into music so I would try to flirt with her by saying I played guitar and we should get together. But she had just moved from Austin and only had eyes for one guitarist, namely Eric Johnson. After she moved I walked through her place with the landlord. That's when I saw these yellow squares on the wall. Apparently she smoked so much that you could tell exactly where she hung her pictures.
     
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    Not much a fan of smokers. I own a bar and have receptacles outside, but people still throw their butts on the ground. Imagine if I did that with candy wrappers. Disgusting habit.
     
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    I was born in 1953, my mom smoked while she was pregnant with me (and my older sister and younger brother), both she and my dad were heavy smokers. Both died in part of complications of COPD, no doubt as a result of smoking. They finally both kicked the habit but in their later years an oxygen bottle accompanied them everywhere and dad had part of his lung removed 40 years after he gave up smoking. Growing up everyone smoked everywhere. As noted by others, my high school had a designated smoking section. I hated the smell and never smoked but as a younger man God knows how much second-hand smoke I inhaled in my pursuit of women and music in the local bars. After a night out I'd put my clothes out on the balcony of my apartment. But, you took it for granted back then so it was really no big deal because that was the norm.
     
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