Friday, October 28, 2011

Common sense about smoking

us-1282619
Here we have Postrcrossing US-1282619, one of the fantastic offerings in the "Postcards from Penguin: One Hundred Book Covers in One Box" by Chronicle Books.

I wonder what common sense this dated book offered? I love the cover image with the rebellious-looking boys smoking, but here is a little Missive Maven secret: I abhor cigarette smoke. I am zero tolerance about it. I have ended friendships because I can't stand to be around people who smoke. My nose wrinkles in disgust when I read a letter from a smoker, because the paper absorbs that awful cigarette smell. I have a friend who sometimes writes me letters from European pubs, in countries where they still allow smoking in those establishments... and I always know when he's done so.

Nonetheless, I dig this postcard. There's still something kitschy about it.

9 comments:

  1. I am so totally with ya MM on smoking. I think it is one of the most vile things around. Imagine being stuck in a Flamenco show theatre in Spain where practically everyone around you is smoking. I can't believe we survived it (I don't think we stayed til the end, maybe even left at intermission), but obviously it still stuck in my mind from 2000!

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  2. I, too, am firmly anti-smoking. At my school it seems that everyone smokes, but I think they are just really prominent because they insist on standing in front of every single doorway to do it. I like this postcard, though. It reminds me of the old advertisements for "non irritating" cigarettes. They're what doctors recommend!

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  3. We just buried my 64 year old cousin, who was on oxygen the last 10 years of her life, struggling to breathe. Her death was not pretty. She was a smoker for most of her life.

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  4. I don't like smoking either. The smell and what it does to your body...

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  5. Well, I actually like the smell of second-hand smoke. I don't smoke and never have, but I do like passing a crowd of smokers and taking in a deep breath of it! Weird, right? But we all have our unique tastes!

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  6. I am very allergic to cig smoke get a massive migraine if i so much as whiff a tiny bit of it. so yeah I hate it too. I do like this postcard but am firmly with you on the smoking. I have ended friendships because of it too and have not seen my dad in a long time since he started smoking again.

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  7. Great news for Gina: you can come back to Spain, because now smoking is forbidden in pubs, cafés and so on.

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  8. I have this postcard up for adoption if anyone wants to write a little something about smoking!
    www.winniesgirl.blogspot.com

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