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Smoking and Backpacking

Postby maverick » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:18 pm

How many of you smoke cigarettes, cigar, or a pipe while backpacking or in camp?
Has anyone given you a hard time because of it? How do you dispose of your butts?
Is there anyone who used to smoke but quit because they got into backpacking?
To those of you who do not smoke, have you ever been annoyed by second hand
smoke on the trail?
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby sparky » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:44 pm

I smoke cigs, at this point it is simply an addiction i feed. 99% of the time I dont enjoy it. Quitting is insanity, but I really need to buckle down and stick with it.

I will elaborate a little more on the hippocracy tossed around by non smokers when I have more time.

Saying that I do try to be aware of the smoke and where it is heading
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby rlown » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:50 pm

I've backpacked with smokers. Doesn't bug me. They're generally courteous, and pack out the butts. Bugs me more if someone above treeliine builds a campfire.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:00 pm

Not many smokers in my circle. Went once with someone who turned out to be a pothead - that's more annoying due to the influence on the guy's behavior.

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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby schmalz » Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:05 pm

AlmostThere wrote:Not many smokers in my circle. Went once with someone who turned out to be a pothead - that's more annoying due to the influence on the guy's behavior.

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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby freestone » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:08 pm

All the potheads I have known, and believe me, they are many, practice LNT, so I have no beef with them, or their behavior.
2ndhand smoke, and discarded cigarette butts are my personal pet hatreds. I have been fortunate enough to successfully avoid both on my Sierra trips. I believe that cigarette companies should be forced to buy back butts at a nickle a butt because that type of litter is so pervasive and disgusting. Apologies for getting off topic and ranting.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:56 pm

Let's just say there are those who have bad reactions to an otherwise benign drug and leave it at that.

I've had plenty of former potheads show up in my office - cumulatively, it's not benign. It can make you hallucinate - rare, but true.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:49 pm

Never been a smoker but been a second hand smoker all my life. As a result I loath cigarettes. After so many years of major exposure I have developed a sensitivity to second hand smoke. If someone smokes around me heavy I will get irritation in my nasal passages that can last as long as 6 weeks. Really being in the Sierra is the only time the effects of cigarette smoke can fully be healed for me because I am always exposed.

I also hate when people smoke and hike with me because it seems like it always works out where I am down wind of the person smoking.

Marijuana is a whole different story. I personally have never tried it but I have been around smokers of it my whole life and honestly any more these days everyone is a smoker of it. When I am around that type of smoke it has no negative effects at all. I even can breathe around it vs cigarettes where I instantly can't breathe and feel like I am suffocating.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby dave54 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:24 pm

Smoking of any kind while hiking is against fire restrictions in the Sierra most of the summer. In camp smoking may be legal if you follow the guidelines (cleared area, etc).

I prefer not to be around smokers of any kind.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby schmalz » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:02 pm

I've been known to partake out there. This is my vacation so why not? It has no negative effects for me, even well above tree line. I usually have bourbon too, which can put you in a lot more trouble if you're not careful.

LNT is no concern, but being seen is, mainly out of courtesy to other hikers. So far so good there.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby Troutdog 59 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:57 pm

Kinda funny you bring up the topic Mav, as I saw it last summer coming down Piute Pass. It was threatening rain and I was leap frogging with these two other hikers, when I started smelling a cig (i don't smoke em). Couldn't figure it out at first until I got to a vantage point above them and saw this guy hiking with a pack and smoking. Must not be that common cuz even a die hard old packer got a good laugh out of the guy. It certainly isn't a performance enhancer as I'm one of the slowest hikers on the trail, but eventually I smoked em ;) getting to the TH a good 10 minutes in front of them.

Years ago myself and a friend were day hiking up the So. Fk of Bishop Creek and dammed if he didn't smoke one after another the whole way #-o . Oh well, to each their own.

That said, I too have been known to partake in the wacky, especially in the old days. My first pic in "The Way We Were" thread speaks volumes!!! Never had a problem with it and never bothered anyone, but it wasn't like we were hiking down the trail with hookah strapped to our backs. Just a bit for the end of the day around camp.
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Re: Smoking and Backpacking

Postby sparky » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:49 pm

I find it hypocritical to look down on those who smoke, when our vehicles and things we consume pump carcinogens into air. All the things we own leaves a cloud of second hand smoke that we all breathe in. The oderless fumes of the car in front of you as you drive around town, every breath you take most days when in the LA basin.

The backpack on your back and all the gear in it is in a way puffs of second hand smoke.

That isn't an excuse I use to justify, but a reason for me to roll my eyes.

When I need a smoke, I stop to smoke on a granite boulder. I pack my butts out in a stinky little zip lock bag.

Sorry for the rant. I completely understand people do not want to breath it in, and I don't want to force that on anyone. But at least be responsible for and aware of the second hand smoke of all our consumption.

I don't know if it is from growing up in a city with 20 million people, but I am just not one of those types of people that worry about what others are doing. I don't expect a damn thing out of anyone, I just worry about my own area. Yes it is apathetic, and a little anarchic and I like it that way. I sleep damn good at night.
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