Tips for Smokers


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  • Smoking is not only hazardous to your health, it can be hazardous to your career.

  • Smoking is now considered a sign of weakness rather than a sign of sophistication. In fact, smoking now has strong ethnic and class associations.

  • Never light up if you don’t see an ashtray.

  • Because of possible legal repercussions to you or to the establishment, never smoke in an ‘no-smoking’ establishment.

  • Never ask, "May I smoke?" even if you see an ashtray and your host is not smoking.

  • Always ask your visitors if they mind you smoking.

  • When you do smoke, always keep an eye on the direction of your smoke and make sure it is not blowing into someone else’s face.

  • Be neat; never litter with your ashes or your cigarette butts.

  • If smoking is allowed in restaurants in your area, always ask your guest beforehand if smoking or non-smoking seating is preferred.

  • Never smoke in between courses while dining. Wait until coffee is served at the end of the meal.

  • Never smoke while others are still eating.

  • Never smoke a cigar or a pipe in a restaurant unless it is a ‘cigar-smoking’ establishment.

  • Never smoke a cigar or a pipe in someone else’s home unless the host invites you to join him in a cigar, preferably in a well-ventilated area.

  • In a smoking environment, it is polite to offer others a cigarette if you light up.

  • If a non-smoker tells you your cigarette is an irritant, be considerate and move elsewhere or extinguish the cigarette; your smoke is invading their space.

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