Enforcement is key. This morning a smoker was seen puffing next to the east door of the customer service center. Two drivers passed him, separately, as they entered/exited the building.
Full disclosure: I became tobacco-free six years ago this week using a prescription drug called Chantix. For six months I was constipated and nauseous. I broke a tv set, a chair, and the window of our front door. I don't blame the pharmaceutical for that. I allowed tobacco into my life during my first year in college. It is a powerful addiction.
Nausea remains a companion. Tobacco smoke, diesel soot, vehicle exhaust, perfume, after-shave, scented hair gels or sprays, or scented lotions can trigger nausea and even occasional migraines.
"Honor this moment. Care for the jewel in the lotus," was the prayer I repeated constantly during those first few weeks of transformation into freedom from the poison. It helped as much as, if not more than, the pharmaceutical. Tobacco is an aggressive addiction which needs a physical outlet for that energy. Playing the piano, practicing chi gong, singing, standing on my head, bicycling, and joining a gym were other tools.
It's great that people using Queen Street Station have a cleaner, healthier place. Thank you, RRTA.