Considering the fact that I used to be a smoker many years ago, I can empathize with anyone who seriously wants to “kick the habit” but is unable to follow through with it. The problem is that smokers are spreading their weakness to those around them and causing them to suffer as well. In any scenario where an addiction is present, someone suffers, and yes that suffering can usually be fatal. Smokers should realize that their weakness is not only taking their lives but those close to them. In a new twist, Norwegian cruise lines has made the decision to ban smoking in their staterooms.
If you are a non smoker like myself and you detest smelling like an ashtray, I am sure that you can relate to the stale sick smell of used nicotine ashes. In a closed quarters environment like a stateroom, that smell can be very overwhelming. Cruise lines like Princess cruises and Celebrity cruises have their non smoking policies readily available on their individual websites, while in some cases, they are posted in the cabin.
Smokers are still being catered for as they are provided with designated areas to “light up”, and in fact smoking on balconies by passengers is still being allowed. The decision to prohibit smoking in staterooms came about after several passengers complained about the stench that was left behind by inconsiderate smokers. Cleaning up after these passengers can become quite costly and it is with this in mind that cruise lines are planning to levy a fee for cleaning up after passengers are caught smoking. It may seem like an old idea, but when it comes to consideration for others, smokers seem to have very little.