Sunday, November 27, 2005

Smoke train

Even as New Jersey considers whether to join the ranks of states and cities that've banned smoking in bars and restaurants, my grandfather was talking this weekend about the era when smoking was allowed on buses and trains. He spoke about the smoking cars on commuter trains that he took a few decades ago: You'd enter the car and the smoke might be so thick that you wouldn't be able to see through to the other door. The smoking cars would become so saturated that some smokers would choose to flout the rules and smoke in the non-smoking compartments, just so they could get some (relatively) clear air.

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