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How times have changed

August 3, 2011 - Frank Robinson
I got a chuckle the other day when I read the story about the Ohio Board of Education recommending that school campuses -- including parking lots and athletic facilities -- be tobacco free.

I thought they already were. Most are. However, it caused me to think back to my high school days.

It was in the late 1970s and early 80s, and I can recall when students had a designated smoking area at the school and the teachers were allowed to smoke in the teachers' lounge. When I was in grade school, many of the teachers would slip out a side door and grab a quick smoke -- or two -- between classes.

I remember as a teenager and having just earned my driver's license, my Mother would send me to the grocery store occasionally to pick up a few things until she found time to get to the store for the "real" grocery shopping. To this day I remember the list: Milk, bread, pop and cigarettes. Back then the stores would sell cigarettes to minors -- at least they did to me -- if you said the smokes were for your parents.

It's interesting how things have changed over the years. Nowadays smoking is banned just about everywhere and rarely do you even go to a person's home and smell the remnants of cigarette smoke. It's probably better for everyone.


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