We can’t even go bowling anymore…

My wife and I are senior citizens. We moved from Santa Barbara, thumb CA, prostate four years ago to retire in Texas where my sister lives. As most people know, California is a non-smoking state. We got spoiled there. We are active seniors and have been bowling on a senior league for many years. The bowling alley where we bowl has about 100 people in the league. Many of them smoke. Sometimes the smoke is so bad it looks like a cloud inside. Last winter the secondhand smoke was so bad I got a very bad case of bronchitis brought on by secondhand smoking. I had to go to the doctor two times and it took three weeks to get better. I have asked the owner of the bowling alley why she doesn’t ban smoking and she said that until the other bowling alleys in the area go non-smoking she will lose customers to other smoking alleys. She said when the other bowling alleys go non-smoking, she will too. We have to bring fans and cover our mouths when it is bad. When is Texas going to wake up and realize that breathing secondhand smoke is very bad for you? I read that the smoke that comes out of the end of the cigarette is worse than what people suck down their throats. I resent not being able to enjoy bowling because people are rude and smoke one after another and don’t care if you can hardly breathe. My father-in-law died about two years ago from smoking for 20 years. He had emphysema real bad and coughed so hard he blew out a lung twice from coughing. He had to go to the hospital and have a tube put in to reflate his lung. He suffered for many years and could not even go camping and use his RV. All he could do in the end was sit and cough and barely had enough breath to walk across the room. I have seen firsthand what smoking and secondhand smoking can do. Why should I and my wife have to suffer when we don’t even smoke? Come on Texas wake up!!!! Smoking is worse than a sugary soda and they are trying to ban that. Hope something happens soon to end our misery.

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