I remember the days when there were no “smoking sections”. The reason for this is that everything was a smoking section. People everywhere were smoking cigarettes all the time.

It was some kind of Sacred Rite that united many people. For instance at work there is always two groups. The smokers and the non-smokers. Now a days these groups often clash. Non-smokers are vocal about the quality of their air these days, but not so in the recent past.

Back when I was a kid in the 60’s and 70’s I remember being a second-hand chain smoker. Literally. Every place I went people were there smoking. My grandma smoked Benson & Hedges, my uncle Tim smoked Camels. Other friends and family smoked Lucky Strike and Marlboros in the home I grew up in. People didn’t think about all that health stuff back then. Kids just grew up in the smoky environment.

I never became too interested in smoking tobacco. I didn’t like the smell, and it bothered me to be inside breathing thick cigarette smoke, so I did not ever start smoking tobacco. I still think it’s people’s personal right to smoke if they want, but I’m glad when they all do it outside these days. Thanks to all you smokers that go outside to smoke. Thanks for the air.

Restaurants and Airplanes were the worst places to be trapped in a wall of smoke. Can you imagine being on an 8 hour east coast to west coast non-stop flight sucking a whole plane’s worth of exhaled stale cigarette smoke? It is a torture of it’s own kind.

The only thing that bugs me about cigarette smokers now a days stems from the good thing that smokers are now going out doors to smoke. It’s when they put their butts out everywhere, and I hate to see the trash. I don’t care what you do to your own lung, but leave the side walks clean, is what I say.

So here is an image enhanced podcast for all you iTunes listeners that is truly Smokin’! Thanks to Brother Eye, Miles Partridge, Frank’s Depression and Mitchel Vallaint/Carlos Car for providing us with such Smokin’ Tunes.

Image Enhanced PodcastIMAGE ENHANCED PODCAST – October 21, 2005