Cigars and fresh air

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by Eskimorob, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Eskimorob

    Eskimorob PUP life

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    I know many folks have a strong objection to smoke from tobacco, but how do you feel about cigar smoke? I've really grown to like the occasional good cigar. My definition of a good cigar is one that you have to think twice about lighting when you realize how much money you're about to light on fire. Usually I enjoy them around the campfire in the evenings, but also like to sometimes stroll the loops during the day while keeping one lit. I often wonder if my passing smoke causes offense. I don't linger in one spot but keep moving and I don't throw a smokescreen up. I myself do not like the smell of cigarette smoke, especially from what passes for cigarette tobacco these days. I grew up in a smoking household but never picked up the habit, too many car trips with the windows rolled up was enough second hand smoke for me.
     
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    My wife and I are both lifelong non-smokers. I can say that no tobacco smoke (cigar, cigarette, pipe, etc) is ever welcomed. Especially when we're camping and enjoying the fresh air. We don't want to smell it and sure don't want the canvas of our PUP to absorb it.

    No offense intended, but you did ask for opinions.
     
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    tzmartin Well-Known Member

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    IMHO, cigar smoke isn't much better than cigarette smoke. Of course, i'm not a collector of cigars. That being said, I've not smelled other peoples cigars in the campground. We mostly camp in bigger sites of state parks. I've smelled people burning more plastic in campfires than cigars. Perhaps because it diffuses fairly quickly. If you go into the bathhouse then it would be more obnoxious. While I'm sure you're a nice guy, i wouldn't strike up conversation as to avoid inhaling it myself.
     
  4. Eskimorob

    Eskimorob PUP life

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    Definitely do not smoke them in or near the bath houses, always try to be considerate of others which is why I keep moving, would never want to stand around visiting or even being invited into someone's campsite while smoking. With all that said, I usually camp when campgrounds are empty, and most of the loops are closed.
     
  5. neighbormike

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    Feel free to come visit my site... but bring an extra cigar!
     
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    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Personally, I would prefer the smell of a cigar over the smell of a campfire. So come on over, but don't expect to sit by a campfire. But honestly, there has been very little "fresh air" around here in ID this year. The entire area since June has smelled like a large campfire.
     
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    generok Well-Known Member

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    I also enjoy a good, or even a "second" cigar if I am feeling particularly cheap, after a long day fishing or something like that. I tend to sit around the camp fire and do so. I try to be mindful of where my smoke is headed in the wind, which is, of course, the same place my campfire smoke is going. I've wondered about the same thing as you, if folks can smell it downwind.

    I would say on average I will light up one cigar every three trips and I've never been approached or even given a look whilst smoking a cigar in my campsite. I'm not sure how I would react if someone approached me about it in my campsite. If someone had a medical condition, I'd think I'd be compassionate about that and go for a stroll to finish the cigar. If someone said they just don't like it... I don't know. I don't like the effects of multiple beers and how it inevitably induces "woo hoo!" yells at 2am... 2 hours before I am awaking to fish, but I accept it as a fact of close living. I don't ask them to take their beer and noise elsewhere. BUT, these are all speculation because it has never happened. I smoke my occasional cigar, a group always seems to stay up late drinking, laughing and "woo hoo-ing" well into the morning, and we all pack up Sunday morning to do it again some other weekend. It's all part of the experience.

    I guess if we all wanted it to be the same as at home, we'd just stay at home. I've always said the LAST place you should go to "get away" from "people" is a campground on the weekend... "people" GO to campgrounds on the weekend. Some of them want to party, some want to hear nature sounds, some want to wake up before sunrise, and some want to sleep until noon... and some want to simply smoke a cigar. All of this, done considerately, seems to work out... most of the time.
     
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    Can't imagine it would make a difference with all the camp fire smoke in a camp ground. Where we camp there is an open field in the middle of the camp ground. If you look at it right before it gets dark you can see an enormous cloud of smoke. The camp ground owners will probably have health issues from all the smoke.
     
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    I think the smell of cigar smoke is more offensive than cigarette smoke, whether it's a dollar cigar or a $20 cigar.
     
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    I like a cigar at the camp fire at night.
     
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    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    Do you're own thing , you are being respectful of where your smoke is going , what else could anyone ask for . There is no way you're going to please everyone and likewise not everyone will please you or me or ,,,,, etc. etc.
     
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    I'm not trying to be a male reproductive organ, but hey, you're in an outdoor public place. You're going to get what you get. Deal with it. If you want total control of what is going on around you,either boondock in the middle of nowhere or get your own big piece of land, post it, and camp there.

    Personally, I enjoy a nice smoke at the camp fire while consuming my beverage in the evening. The dog that is barking its head off on the other side of the campground... not so much. BUT, I understand that I am in an outdoor public place...
     
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    Cigarettes, cigars, campfires...it's all smoke, it all smells, I expect it when camping. I am not offended by any of it at a campground.
     
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    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    What's "FRESH AIR?":eek:
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    Yellow - Bad
    Brown - Really Bad
    Red - Really really Bad (where I currently reside)
    Purple - Better off not to breath without an oxygen tank.
    Was going to put off my camping trip but might head up to Cody WY so I can breath the bad stuff instead of the really bad stuff.:D
     
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    We have been receiving health advisories here in Minnesota from the smoke originating from your way!
     
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    Same for me. My experience has been that the only comments I have received when enjoying a cigar at the campfire is to ask if I have an extra. I get mine from my BIL in Miami who gets very nice quality hand rolled cigars (legal - not contraband from you know where) for a very reasonable price as I do not have to pay the MN 95% tax on tobacco. I do not smoke them anywhere else when camping - only when around a burning campfire.
     
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    This thread is a pleasant surprise. When I saw the title I figured it was going to be a bunch of people griping/whining about cigar smoke at the campground. I haven't smoked a cigar in probably 10 years -- no particular reason, just sort of gave it up. But I have no problem with others doing it whether they're on my deck or at the campground. [:)C]
     
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    I love a good cigar. Walking with one is tough for me to keep lit and relax with so I typically enjoy at the campfire. I also enjoy playing golf and on my deck.

    During the winter months I go to the casino to smoke one as that's about the only place left to smoke indoors. I don't play the games but will bet on a few horse races. Coincidentally the most frequent complainers of the cigar smoke are older women hotboxing cigarettes at the casino. I usually respond with well it's a good thing this is a big place so you can enjoy that cigarette away from me.
     
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    I can't stand the smell of tobacco smoke, be it cigarette, cigar, pipe, or anything else. Campfires are part of camping... try to limit the smoke your fire makes but otherwise people expect a campground to have some fire smoke.

    If you smoke on your site and I can't smell it, then I'm not going to complain.
     
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    Personally, I like the smell of Cigar and pipe tobacco, but not when they are lit. Call me strange. You do you. Most people outdoors tend to move away from smells they don't like, and just deal with it. I'd only complain if we were standing in a line for something and I had no way to get away from someone smoking something.
     

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