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To the smelly smoker that got on the treadmill right next to me yesterday:

You are disgusting. Thank you for standing right next to me so I could feel like I was actually smoking as I ran. The nicotine pouring out of your pores was just lovely.

Smokers: shower before you work out. Or work out in a dingy corner far away from me.

Thank you.


Tue. Mar 11, 7:18am

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You are a SNOB! no, I am not the one that was next to you, I'm fortunate enough to work out at home, however, again you have a REAL problem! At least this person that has a bad habit is TRYING to offset that habit with the exercise so give that person a break. You probably smell WORSE than those cigarettes by the time you get done so get off your high horse. Do I smoke? No, but I used to and know how it is.... you are a very unattractive and discriminating person!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 8:11 AM

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Unfortunately, smoking damages the sensory epithelium in smokers' noses. Smokers have no idea what they smell like. I guess the advantage is that the sweaty person next to them doesn't smell all that bad to them, either.

I used to have a colleague I worked closely with who smoked -- nicest guy ever, I would never insult him on purpose, but he leaned over my shoulder one day when I had a migraine coming on, and I literally puked. (If you are reading this and have never had a migraine, they can make your sense of smell unbelievably acute -- NOT an advantage!) Needless to say, we were both terribly embarrassed......

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 8:19 AM

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i just love how some people feel because they see an issue their way, everyone has to see it their way. Instead of bitching, move to another treadmill if you don't like it. His gym membership was the same price as yours, which allows him the same opportunities and equipment as your membership. I am a non smoker and don't care for the smell, but that's my decision to not smoke. Who am I to push my views on anyone?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 8:59 AM

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I am an ex smoker and we are the worse by far when it comes to smelling second hand smoke but that is where it usually stops. I have friends that smoke iand it doesn't bother me at all the way they smell, but when they light up it just makes me gag and stays with me for days, like I can taste it in my throat. As for the OP, get over it, I'm sure the overly sweaty person running next to you doesn't smell so hot either.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 9:38 AM

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Hey, I agree with the OP ! Call me a snob or defend him any way you like, but it's gross! (And yes, I am an ex-smoker!)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 10:05 AM

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Totally with the OP on this one. It's not like she's complaining about the smell of regular ol' sweat in a gym. How can it be okay for us to bitch on the "gym bunnies" thread about women who douse themselves in perfume, but not about some waste dump of a human swirling his toxic stench around willy-nilly.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 10:35 AM

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I agree with OP - people that smoke smell VERY stongly but don't notice...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 11:12 AM

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That's so funny...I've never heard the term "gym bunnies" but yes they are just as bad as smokers sweating out the toxins from their bodies. Have to agree with the OP.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 11:15 AM

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OP here...

Thank you! :)

And yes, perfume wearers bother me as well. As do sweaty people who get on the machine next to mine when there is a whole row of empty treadmills just sitting there (obviously if its all full I deal and try not to make disgusted faces). Maybe I AM a smell-snob, but thats okay with me.

And 2nd poster, chill. I am just venting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 11:34 AM

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WOW. Sounds like OP likes to criticize everyone for the way they are. smokey, too much perfume, getting on a machine by her. HOW DARE THEM!

OP--sounds like you should mind your own business or quit going out in public.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 12:29 PM

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