Ranty Friday: People who smoke next to prams
This week I thought I’d get involved in Ranty Friday as there’s something that’s really peed me off.
I don’t smoke. I did for about a week at the age of 16 because I thought it looked “cool”, but after starting Freud at AS Level Psychology soon gave up…Oral fixation and all that. There are many more pleasurable ways to relieve stress that don’t result in you stinking, or put you at risk of contracting a number of horrible diseases and ailments. So it really, really irritates me when smokers force their disgusting habit upon you and your baby.
I was standing at the bus stop last week, waiting to go into Brighton to meet Nick for lunch. I was the only person there until a student rocks up. She’s smoking. She proceeds to stand NEXT TO MY PRAM and continue smoking, blowing her disgusting smoke towards my baby. I was at the bus stop first. I shouldn’t have to move away. But I did. This happens so frequently; (and I noticed it during my pregnancy too) the members of the public who stand underneath the bus shelter smoking. Infecting us non-smokers with their choice. Yes it maybe cold. Yes it maybe raining. But that doesn’t mean we want to breathe in your addiction. They could argue that having a baby is our choice, but it’s another life. Not a cancer stick. A baby does not harm those around you.
I’m sorry to all those smokers out there who I’m probably annoying, or even offending, with this post. All I ask is for some consideration; if you see a pregnant woman, or a baby in a pram, or a toddler in a pushchair, please walk away from them. Please consider the health risks, the second-hand smoke you are imparting upon that life.