I planned on going back to Red Cross to volunteer with some of the staff members of the paper, but I woke up late so by the time I got to Alabang, they were already hanging out. So I just dropped off my donations and joined them in the food court.
On my way out of the village, I rode the friendly neighborhood village tricycle. I’ve been riding tricycles for many years and experienced many things there, like losing a phone and falling off the back seat. But never have I experienced riding with someone who smoked.
Generally, smokers are okay with me. A lot of my friends smoke and I’m constantly exposed to places where smoking is almost a requirement. But it’s incredibly rude when you smoke in a small moving box and you don’t know whether the person you’re sitting next to is okay with it. I wouldn’t have mind if the guy sat on the outer seat so he could blow out his smoke outside, but he was on the inner seat so I was forced to inhale his noxious fumes. I let him know that I was not okay with it by fanning the smoke that got in my face and throwing him a withering look when I got down.
Smoking, like all things, is a personal thing between the smoker and his cigarette. There is absolutely no need to involve anyone else, especially non-smokers. You don’t just light up and let the world know you’re cool when you’re in a cramped space. It’s all about responsibility. Responsible smokers respect the space of those around him.
I used to be a smoker myself so I know how strong nicotine is. In fact, it has the highest rate of potential for addiction, scoring a solid 100%. Smoking has always relieved me of my tension and helped me get by the lowest points of my life. I know that when you need it, you need it. But I was responsible. I smoked in open spaces and gave non-smokers a chance to run away screaming. I didn’t smoke in enclosed areas where I could offend people. The statesman Thomas More once said (correct me if I’m wrong here) that everyone is entitled to as much space as he needs. But if he goes out of his way and invades others with his smoking, then I hope he gets what he deserves, if you know what I mean.