“This is perhaps the reason why everyone on cigarette internet is so nice to each other.”

Finding out where to smoke at airports brings together the Internet's nicest people

#Smoking

Mon, Sep 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Outline introduces us to Airport Smokers, a site dedicated to finding out where you can smoke at any given airport and populated by the nicest people on the Internet. Smokers know their habit is bad, but "bound by a shared sense of shame and persecution," they look out for each other. Above, a cigarette review on YouTube.

This air of solidarity, of warm-hearted acceptance of the fact that we are all in this together, extends beyond airportsmokers.com to all corners of the smoking internet, including the designated smoking area on reddit. The first rule on r/Cigarettes is “Be nice,” and the banner declares, “Come take a smoke break with us.” It is clearly a place for kickin’ back. The first rule on r/Horses, just for contrast, is “Do not post questions about your horses that could significantly affect their health. Call a vet.” Like airportsmokers.com, the overall tone on r/Cigarettes can very occasionally veer into the aggrieved or harassed-seeming: “Don’t berate others for what they’re smoking, what they bought, or for smoking in general. This is not the place to tell people smoking is bad for them. We know.” In general, however, people are there to have a good time, and to write posts titled stuff like “Nothing like a red after an exam.” “Best part of the day.” “After Harvey, it's gotten kinda chilly in Houston (for September) and I switched to menthols while it's cool out.” “What do you guys think about not inhaling?” “Cigs aren’t for everyone.”

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