JordanB -- the allergies are typically to the chemicals in cigarette smoke. On a real smoggy day, if the carbon monoxide levels are high (out here, and in most cities, ozone is the bigger problem), I can feel it a little bit -- but as many studies have showed, the air in most bars that have not banned smoking is 10 times worse than even a bad day for carbon monoxide, so the air outside is not nearly the same issue. After a smoggy day, I might feel a little rough, but it's pretty rare, and clears up the next day. After an hour or so in a restaurant that's even moderately smoky, I'll generally be sick for about a month with sinus infections, ear infections, chest infections, etc, so I pretty much have to avoid it at all costs.Originally posted by jordanb
In response to the post by Rumpy, I think any reasonable person would understand why I would choose to live in a city where I do not have to choose between not having a social life or being sick every day of my life.
Also, Rumpy -- since you think it's so easy to find non-smoking bars, please list me all the non-smoking bars you've found in Chicago. Because personally, on all my trips there, I've found none.