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NO, DEAR - These Aren't BUS SHELTERS!

Entrepreneurs: Here's the next big construction craze in Illinois -

Employees taking a break in a smoke hutSMOKING HUTS - THAT'S RIGHT!

When Smoke-Free Legislation was enacted January 1st of this year across Chicago and throughout Illinois, smokers were forced outside, no matter the weather, to enjoy their cigarette breaks. 

The new law prohibits smoking within 15 feet of a building entrance or window that opens - so smokers have to "hit the huts."  Further, these huts have no doors - smoking is prohibited in any "enclosed area."

This one was recently installed at THK Corporation in suburban Schaumburg IL.  The photo was taken by Terry Harris for The Chicago Tribune, January 24, 2008.  It was published in The Tribune today.

There are no precise estimates for new orders of these smoking shelters since the Illinois smoking ban took effect, but several manufacturers, such as Tafco Corporation in Melrose Park IL and Duo Guard Industries in Canton MI, say business is soaring.

Many of these shelters provide space heat - but, as you may imagine, are used far less often in colder weather months in Illinois.  Chris Corrado, General Manager of the Pair A Dice Casino in East Peoria IL suggests, "clearly when conditions get to negative [degrees], let's face it, it can be challenging."

An incentive for smokers to quit perhaps?  Stay tuned!

Check our posting today at BlogChicagoHomes.com for more information, and links to today's Chicago Tribune article by Liam Ford.

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Comment balloon 3 commentsDean Moss • January 29 2008 11:02PM

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Is there an over/under on how long before the first real estate agent has their face showing up on an advertisement on a hut? "Get a SMOKIN deal on your next home".........haha

(I need to call that company and sell them on the idea of selling advertising on these things........) 

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) almost 11 years ago

Dean: Doesn't this just prove that smoking is an addition not a life-style choice? My mother smoked for 40+ years and only stopped after she had a stroke at 58.  She just had her second before the holidays at 66. Because once you have the first you are 50% more likely to have the second. And after the second, 60%-70%. I can't joke about this subject, because both she and I are living with the ramifications. She is currently in a nursing home and can't speak or eat.

Bob: That's the advertisement I would want to put on the hut.

Not my usual upbeat post, but those are the facts.

And I am not looking for sympathy, because I am still very fortunate to have my mother here and the hope of rehab.

What I want is for one person, dare I say 100, to read this post and share the story with a smoker to get real help. I believe AR has that power. And because I was just MeMe-d, this was one thing I planned to share. 

But I had to comment now. 8-) 

Thanks for listening. 

Posted by Tara Colquitt, Credit Counselor (Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Tara -

Thanks for the comment!

No offense to smokers reading these - but, yes, Tara, I agree with you - it is definitely an addiction - one that is hard to kick, and one that controls you.  It is NOT a choice at this point!

I was a kid back in the 1960's.  My father, a WWII Veteran, began smoking during the war, when he was fighting in the Pacific, at roughly the age of 18.  Everyone did it back then - look at all the movies and TV shows of the 40's and 50's.

Anyway, Dad would smoke Pall Mall - in the red box, unfiltered.  Nearly three packs a day.  60 cigarettes.  Smoking constantly.  Often two or three cigarettes lit in the ashtray at the same time.  Mom was constantly wiping out ashtrays.  We had one of those decorative cigarette holders on the table - looked like a planter.  Even my own asthma didn't stop him as a kid - he simply moved to the dining room when we were eating breakfast in the kitchen.

He said he could quit anytime he wanted - and did, cold turkey, in the Spring of 1970.  Gained about 30 pounds in the weeks thereafter - bought those little Trick or Treat-sized Milky Way, Snickers, and Three Musketeers bars.  Put them in a big mixing bowl, and grapped one whenever he had the urge - which was quite often!

In November, 1970 he had his first heart attack.  Dad was 45.  His second heart attack occured 12 years later - had bypass surgery at that time.  He passed away 12 years ago, at the age of 71 - 20 years older than I am right now.

I wonder two things at this point in my life. 

One, if he hadn't smoked all of those cigs, would he have been around a bit longer.  And second, since I have never smoked in my life - can I count on more than 20 more years?

Hope so - in both cases!

Call or write anytime!

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) almost 11 years ago

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