November, 2007 2:00a.m.

I went out to a bar last night with friends, but was the designated driver, but I admit I did have one drink, it was a single, and I drank a lot of water afterwards. Anyways though, I went with my boyfriend to some of his friend’s house on east campus. When we got there I started to talk to one of the young men who lived there and who smokes too. He had to excuse himself to go outside and smoke. When he got back I asked him why he does not smoke in the apartment he lives in. His response was, “I don’t like the smell of smoke and I do not want my things to smell like the smell of cigarettes. It is a smell that lingers.” Me, “So do you not mind the ban on smoking then (this is when I tell him about my project).” He tells me “It doesn’t really matter to me. I understand why people don’t like smoking in bars, but I didn’t realize it until it was no longer allowed. I respect people and the reasons why the government took smoking out of public places. They weren’t trying to be mean they were just looking out for the people who do not smoke and felt like it was hurting the health of others. I respect that and now that bars don’t allow it I’m happy smoking is banned because what a difference the bars and restaurants are now that you don’t walk in and it smells like cigarettes.”

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