Cigarette smoke — or even the heavy scent of cigarette smoke on a person's clothes — can trigger a humdinger of an asthma attack for me. But I live in the south, where unfortunately lots of people still smoke. It drives me nuts when I am walking into a store, and I have to walk by a group of people smoking. I hold my breath until I get by. In the past, I've had coworkers or clients that I've had to deal with who smoked and it was so hard to concentrate on helping them when I was trying to NOT have an asthma attack!
I try to understand and empathize … they wouldn't be smoking if they could easily quit. It's an addiction; I get that.
But what exactly is a polite way to deal one on one with someone who is smoking near you? Is it good asthma etiquette to politely ask, "Excuse me if I stand upwind, but I have asthma, and I don't want an attack?"