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  1. sparrowhawk

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    Fifteen years ago this question would have been downright silly. But now it has to be asked, to wit, if you are with someone in, say, an outdoor Park,does a pipe smoker have to ask for permission to light up? L

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    No. If they can't get away in the time it takes to pack and fire up a pipe, they don't deserve to escape!

    Aah, just kidding. It's always polite to ask; usually the worst I get is, "Oh, no, I don't mind the smell of a pipe at all! Cigarettes, though..."

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    Wouldn't hurt, but then it may depend on the blend your smoking. Most non-smokers like the aroma of an aromatic blend.

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    No, but I don't ask permission for most things I do.

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    Unless we were sharing a bench I see no reason to. I'm taking on faith that it is legal to smoke in the park.

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    Have to? No, but it'd be a courtesy, somewhat rare today.

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    I had a police officer advise me that it was illegal to smoke in a public park, so I glanced at the pile of cigarette butts at my feet, and wordlessly moved over a scant two meters where it was legal to smoke

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    I would have to say it depends on the situation. In a place like a park or someone's back yard at a picnic I would ask if they minded. At my house I can only suggest people who mind tobacco smoke move up wind of my location.

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    If it is legal then you obviously don't have to, but I think what you are after is whether it is right to? In that case, I would say yes. If the person is close enough to where you are hanging out that your smoke is going to be up in their business, it would be polite to ask. If you are just walking by someone or whatever, I like to just take my pipe out of my mouth or at least not puff it to minimize any secondhand smoke.

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    I ask if they mind, but I typically know my audience well enough to assume their response. If I were to light up in my own yard, I wouldn't do it around children but the adults can find another place to stand if the smoke is bothering them.

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    I smoke on walks through public parks. But when I'm about to pass someone on the trail I wold the pipe down and avoid puffing until we've passed and they're not likely to smell the pipe. I try to err on the side of respectful, even if they'd likely not mind. For me, smoking is a private contemplative act anyway. I'd have no quarrel with people who'd do it otherwise though.

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    No tobacco rules in the parks around here, though I would say that it would be polite to ask before lighting up if others are present.

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    No. I would take great care however that the smoke would not go in other people's direction. BTW: not bothering others with your smoke was good etiquette even in the old days.

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    Outside in a place that is open to the public, never ask, no one ever asked me if their dog could pee on the tree I was looking at or jog by as I walk.

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    Polite is always a nice thing... since there is so little of it any more. That whole "do unto others" thang as well.

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    Outside in a place that is open to the public, never ask, no one ever asked me if their dog could pee on the tree I was looking at or jog by as I walk.

    If you're walking about or sitting alone, fine. Otherwise, it's just manners.

    This world is getting too PC, but I refuse to conform, or apologize for being a White, Middle Age, Heterosexual, Male

    Agree. But thoughtfulness towards others has nothing to do with PC.

    BTW, I am the same, but past middle age, and find no need for apologies either.

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    I call it simple consideration. If I feel my smoking would infringe on the rights of others, I simply wouldn't light up in the first place.

    This world is getting too PC, but I refuse to conform, or apologize for being a White, Middle Age, Heterosexual, Male

    We are on the verge of extinction.

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    I'll ask if I'm with other people. If I'm alone, or 100 feet or more from the nearest homo sapiens, probably not. These days I don't smoke in parks because of the dry conditions. Don't want to risk inadvertently starting a fire.

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    If your near people you should always ask and be polite or find a place in the park where your basically alone. People don't usually complain about pipe smoke. With my experience it's mostly cigars and cigarettes people can't stand the smell of.

    KEEP ON PUFFING!!!

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    When I'm around people I usually don't ask but I do move farther away from them, light up, and am very conscious of where my smoke is going to make sure none of it goes in their direction. If it does go their way I end up either moving or let it go out.

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    If I was with someone, I'd usually ask. Presumably they would be walking beside me or otherwise remain in conversational distance, therefore be exposed to the smell. It seems sort of trivial, but some people are asthmatic or, unknown to me, just got over some respiratory illness. Older folks and kids are especially due consideration. I would rather go without a smoke than make someone feel disregarded. If someone was being unpleasant or cocky, I might not ask. But then again, I think I might take my leave before enjoying a smoke.

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    I agree with the majority on this one. Asking is never out of place. I did, many years ago light up in a public place and have an older gentleman (80+) follow me for quite some time. It seems that his doctors wanted him to quit smoking his pipe, and he just wanted to smell my smoke!

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    I don't ask, and it is on rare occasions that i smoke in parks, but when i do i tend to sit far away from the public because i might just get shunned at, my favorite part to smoke is at a bench next to the duck pond, it is very relaxing.

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    Unless I am standing next to the play ground equipment it is gonna happen .

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    I ask if I'm in close proximity to people, such as sitting around a campfire, especially if it's a shared site, and not my own. I generally won't smoke around kids, and will take my pipe out when passing by kids, the exception is if I'm walking on a trail and they look over 12 years old. I'll ask if I'm on private property as well. Otherwise I puff away happily, usually I get good responses.

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    Would a pot smoker ask?
    Hells no.
    Just flame up and blow the smoke at the other person like you are entitled.

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    Went tubing down the old lazy river the other day. Smelled a bit of Jane and I liked it. Did I give a fuck? No. Did I complain? No, I minded my own business. If you are outside and someone complains, punch them in the face. Then run away as you pull the bottom of your dress from the floor.

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    I've had more experiences with cigar smokers than pot smokers doing that. But that is not a slam on our cigar smokers.

    There're enough butt heads in every category to go around! There might even be a pipe smoker in that category. Maybe.

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    If nobody nearby offends me with their ugly running suits, snarling dogs, or undisciplined little brats, then I may ask. Otherwise, what goes around comes around!

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    We are on the verge of extinction.
    So true...

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    [quote] Would a pot smoker ask?
    Hells no.
    Just flame up and blow the smoke at the other person like you are entitled.

    I live in a state where pot is legal, and I can tell you, the smokers I've been around have courtesy. Once they ask if it's ok, they'll usually offer to share, they are a generous group...

    Big thing for me, is the courtesy aspect. Which is missing in general from the public in my opinion. I love my freedom, hate when it restricts, and try to show everyone the respect that I expect in return. Some of the most judged sub-cultures, fandoms, and groups are some of the friendliest non-judgemental people you'll meet...and the most courteous.

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    Funny ... You don't ask, more often people mind. You do ask, more often people don't mind.

    If it's crowded, I might ask. If there's a half-barrel of charcoal briquettes burning nearby or brimstone clouds from fireworks around and about, I assume permission.

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    Don't go to public park very often - unless there is a street fair or an event I'm interested in really. If people are walking around smoking cigarettes or cigars, I don't ask I just light up. If no one else is smoking, I generally don't either.

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