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Where was smoking allowed in the past?

Reading the "Supermarkets (50 years ago) thread got me thinking once someone brought up cigarette smoking in the store.

For us young lads who weren't around in the day, where were you allowed to smoke in a public setting? For example, smoking at a McDonalds? Post Office? In the workplace?

Although i'm a smoker myself, I find it a more private habit to do, and couldn't imagine doing it in a crowded public setting such as a supermarket.
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Pretty much anywhere.
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Yeah, just about everywhere. From restaurants to some movie theaters to hospitals. Smoking ruled in the past.
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Everywhere, including airplane cockpits.
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I've smoked in hospital rooms, airplanes, hell everywhere.

I doused myself in gas at the gunpowder factory and lit up one time.

At one time in this great land, the men were men.
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I remember when I went to college some professors smoked in class and if the professor smoked, a lot of us students lighted up also to gain a few brownie points.
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Everywhere. When I was a kid, I don't remember any place that was free of smoke. Supermarkets, restaurants, airports, airplanes, even hospitals.

I'm not sure how old I was when they started asking "Smoking or non-smoking?" in restaurants.
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When you used to see a doctor, if he smoked, a lot of times he would come into the office smoking a cigarette. Now you'd be practically crucified for lighting up within 10 feet of a hospital.
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Dear God am I glad I wasn't alive in those times.
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About the only place I don't remember people smoking was in church. Wonder why that was.
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I worked at a hospital IT dept for awhile. The smoker employees would have to go to a tiny little bench about 50 yards from the receiving door to smoke.
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They were smoking on the Apollo 13 mission. That's what caused all the system failures.
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Smoking in theaters? For some reason, I'm thinking that wasn't allowed. But yeah, other than that I don't recall many, if any, restrictions. I quit in 1984, so yay me!
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I remember everyone smoked everywhere. There were ashtrays literally everywhere. Growing up, my parents (who were nonsmokers) had ashtrays on almost every table in the house. All to be courteous and acommodate smoking relatives and friends. How times have changed. I also remember cigarette vending machines also being almost everywhere.

I have never smoked. But, in some ways those times are a little nostalgic.
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Smoking in theaters? For some reason, I'm thinking that wasn't allowed. But yeah, other than that I don't recall many, if any, restrictions. I quit in 1984, so yay me!
Oh, they smoked, though I can't say for sure whether people were supposed to. When I saw Fantasia as a kid in theaters (1970's), people were smoking pot, too. It was about half hippies during the showing I went to.

As for just regular cigarettes, smoking was everywhere. Twenty years ago, air travel was awesome for smokers, though admittedly hell on earth for non-smokers. I always sat in the back with the stewardesses because cigarettes and free booze made flights a lot more enjoyable.
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I remember buying new clothes at the mall and how bad they reeked from cigarette smoke when I got them home because smoking was allowed in the stores.
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i remember flying in the early 90's and you could smoke on a plane. terrible.
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I remember smoking in Malls, hospitals and high school. Even as a smoker, can't imaging smoking on an elevator or airplane.
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Some theaters (in my area anyway) allowed smoking in the last 5 or 10 rows only.

On the Staten Island Ferry, smoking was allowed on the lower deck, so can you imagine 500 or so commuters all sitting in one section smoking at the same time? And the floor would be covered with cigarette butts at the end of every trip.
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Yeah, up until about the late 70s or mid 80s, people would pretty much just light up and smoke anywhere they pleased.

Airports. Restaurants. Airplanes. Movie theaters. Stores. Hosptials. Nursing homes. About the only place I can think of would be elementary and high schools. I'm pretty sure that neither students nor faculty could light up during class -- but the teacher's lounge at my high school fucking reeked of smoke. If you watch "Jaws" you'll notice that there's a scene where they mayor is smoking a cigarette in the hospital. Today, that plays like a joke or something, but it would not have been unusual at all at the time the film was made.

It was actually common practice for someone to be visiting the home of a friend, relative, or business associate and light up without first seeking permission and then ask for an ashtray. Didn't matter whether or not the person's house was a non-smoking house; it was just assumed that this was acceptable behavior by smokers.
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i think the list would be shorter on places you can't smoke.
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Dear God am I glad I wasn't alive in those times.
I smoke and even I am glad I wasn't around back then!
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When I was in High School, we had designated smoking areas on campus.
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Someone once told me about how, in the early 70s, his boss smoked in the clean room. Yes indeed, people with cancer had traces of cigarette smoke in their chemotherapy injections.
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When I was in college in 1990 there were smoking areas inside the buildings. Doesn't seem believable now.

A few years ago in Barcelona I was at a college and 8 out of 10 students lit up walking out of their class. I walked through the lunchroom and it was a haze. My eyes were burning from the amount of smoke.

Currently in China I am always surprised to see where people smoke too. Elevators. Taxi drivers. Trains are the worst. At the hospital sick people in line to see the Dr. were smoking. Actually nothing surprises me at that hospital. Not having soap or hot water in the public bathroom was also pathetic.

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