My Adventures in Second-Hand SmokeSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 23:23
My Adventures in Second-Hand Smoke
by Thomas Ruppenthal
November 19, 2012
Recently the fates wafted me upon a cloud of second-hand smoke onto a national television show.
Let me explain.
I grew up during the time when smoking was very common and occurred everywhere. I spent my first eighteen years enveloped in tobacco smoke as my father smoked constantly – only a pipe or a cigar and never a cigarette, but constantly. Living in Milwaukee, our home was nearly hermetically sealed for seven or eight months and so we inhaled second-hand smoke with every breath. My brother, my sister and myself all grew up to be non-smokers. Somehow my smoking father lived for a physically healthy 96 years; my mother reached 87 even after spending most of her life smoking second-hand.