Friday, July 8, 2011

You light up my life

I've never dated a smoker, although I'm embarrassed to admit I once feigned a smoking habit to impress a guy.

Wow, that confession was painful.

Anyway, I never considered specific etiquette rules for dating a smoker -- until I found this advice column. A reader asks what he should do when a date takes a mid-dinner cigarette break.

Does he have to join her outside, even though he's a non-smoker?

An excerpt from the columnist's response:

Your date should not leave you at the table to enjoy a smoky treat in the middle of dinner. You sound like a tolerant guy, and so you may not recognize rudeness when it's blowing smoke in your face.

Have you faced a similar dilemma? Do you agree with the advice in this example?