At work I have a little nook that leads to our office door. My office is right by the door, and the sidewalk in front of it seems to be a common area for smokers. The cloud of toxic chemicals becomes so great that it comes into my office, and gasses me every single day. I've spoken to property management, and they have sent out memos to every office in the building and informed bylaw officers - but to no avail. I ask the smokers to move - and many get defensive, while others will move only to relocate right by my door the next day.
At home I live in a townhouse complex, and in the summer I like to have my windows open and sleep with the A/C on. While it turns out I can't do that anymore because smokers have taken to smoking on their front steps which is right near a bathroom/kitchen window of mine. The other day I walked into the kitchen and all I could smell was smoke. At night, the night time partiers like to congregate in large groups and light up so that we wake up coughing and then realize their cloud of toxins is being sucked in through the A/C.
Yesterday I thought I would go for a walk to get some fresh air - that didn't happen. Two very large smokers hogged the narrow sidewalk and I had to run into traffic to get around them so I could breath and not have my eyes water.
I am so fucking sick of these entitled fucking assholes. I have a right to breathe clean air - and if I ask you to move away from my windows and doors - I am NOT in the wrong!!! and don't you DARE get snotty with me because I was born with the right to clean air. I am so sick of inhaling cigarettes that I am looking at changing jobs and I am looking at getting outside to a campground or trail somewhere where I can have at least ONE DAY of not smelling carcinogenic burning garbage. Just one.....fucking....DAY.
I am trying to remind myself some of these smokers may be good people - but it's getting harder because I am physically feeling ill from all the second hand smoke and verbal abuse I receive from polite requests to move along. I feel like they have become my abusers and are slowly poisoning me.
smoking puts life in peril (a toddler-friend of mine says this to any smokers he sees, I wouldn't recommend just saying that to everyone. unfortunately, people tend to treat children very differently than adults.)
try being empathetic with them. they know that it is bad for them and go through cycles of motivation to quit, then when they can't they get discouraged and wish themselves harm. the same cycles govern the life of any addict at one point or another. the cycles might be long, or they might be so short that a person wants to quit during/after every cigarette.
you could have a conversation with them, and it might be easy to relate it to something in your life that you let have power over you, and how hard it was to stop. but once you did you stop accepting a life of self-harm and have become unimaginably sensitive to toxins and other things that do us all harm (smoke, pesticides, car exhaust, hate, pessimism, etc)
show them that you can relate to them and they might start relating to your needs more.
a very good friend of mine quit smoking simply by learning to meditate any time she wanted a cigarette, because that was what nicotine allowed her anyway-a short, quiet meditation plus an oral habit. ask them what their needs are and even if you can't help, at least you asked.