I don't really have personal grudges against smokers. It's their choice really. An individual should NEVER be judged based on whether they smoke or not. I have friends who smoke but are really great individuals. Furthermore, some smokers really want to kick off the habit but just can't find the will to do so.
However, the rubbish that come out from SOME smokers mouth can be plain irritating (I am putting a lot of effort in highlighting SOME...NOT all smokers are like this!). Just last week I had an encounter with a father who is highly concerned with the health of his son. His son was having on an off cough for the past few days. No fever, but he could hear his son wheeze. After assessing the child, I decided to give some nebulized salbutamol for the child.
Father: Tak nak la doktor. Takut ada efek kat anak saya nanti. Tak elok.
I could smell the scent of cigarette from a mile away. His lips were already dark with nicotine stains.
Me: Ada orang merokok tak dekat rumah?
He nods his head with a guilty look.
Me: Elok sangat ke merokok tu? Tak takut?
*****kriiik, kriiik, kriiik*****
A moment of silence and he proceeds to bring his son to the procedure room. On a normal day, I wouldn't just blurt out something like this. But I had a headache that day and patient's cards were piling up. Furthermore, I have a soft spot for kids. It really gets on my nerves when kids suffer for their parents mistakes and kedegilan.