You want it to be perfect. The holidays are a time of pressure to entertain and host parties, to feed the multitudes, and still have your place look fabulous while you’re doing it. No matter what your budget, you want your holiday preparations and home decor to tell people about you.
Are you as traditional as a Currier and Ives print or are you and yours rocking around the Christmas tree? Whatever your style, you want people to feel comfortable and have a good time.
You love your friends and family and want them to make your home their own for the time that you have to spend together. And as you look around your beautifully decorated home, filled with warmth and style, someone pulls out a pack of smokes and lights one up.
Once upon a time, everybody smoked.
The image of smoking has come a long way. Some of America’s most iconic stars lit up on the silver screen and even endorsed particular brands of cigarettes in the pages of glossy magazines. Cigarettes were marketed as desirable, liberated, even as being healthy and part of a modern lifestyle.
Stunning glass ashtrays, heavy table lighters, cigarette boxes, and other accessories accentuated the glamor of smoking. Then came the studies on the hazards of lighting up not just for the smoker but for everyone around them. Inexorably, new regulations and taxes were enacted on an activity that once seemed as much a part of American culture as the Marlboro Man.
As the scent of cigarette smoke disappeared from the American experience, people began to notice that… well… actually… cigarette smoke really did stink – didn’t it?
The odor of cigarette smoke infested clothing, clung to one’s hair, even the nicest carpet and chic furniture seemed less appealing when it reeked like an overflowing ashtray in a dive bar. Ashes and tar made a mess, and accidental burn marks ruined furniture.
Handle it with style and grace, and maybe show off your taste, too.
And you certainly don’t want that for your freshly painted newly decorated holiday home. It seems a little harsh, but with all the effort and money you’ve put into your décor and furnishing, you’re well within your rights to ask people to either step outside or to use an alternative like a Pax vaporizer.
For the most hardcore smokers, resistant to technology and as beloved as they might be, making a small outside ‘smoking area’ can also be a generous and hospitable gesture to show that you do appreciate them, just not the smoking.
Place a little table in a sheltered area, a couple of inexpensive chairs, and a deep ashtray for the butts can make a smoker feel a little less ostracized and much more welcomed. A string of lights can provide illumination and a touch of festivity, as well.
Alternatively, if the weather outside is so harsh that you wouldn’t let your dog out in it, then designate a small ‘smoking area’ or room indoors (if health permits), equipped with a strong fan in one window. Whatever you do, your smoking guests will remember it kindly, and isn’t that the best kind of feeling to take with you for the season?
What if smoking was reinvented?
This was the question posed by Adam Bowen and James Monsees, two grad students at Stanford’s Joint Program in Design, who quickly dropped the other ideas they were working on to focus on this new challenge.
The design they came up with is an alternative to cigarettes that even non-smokers can get behind: The Pax by Ploom, which acts like a high-tech, pocket-friendly version of a hookah or shisha pipe and emits vapor rather than smoke.
Available in Cobalt, Onyx, Amethyst and Emerald it features adjustable heat settings and LED light that monitors charging, a simple shake provides instantaneous feedback on the battery’s status and lets you know when your Pax is ready to use. Easy to use, easy to clean, and ultra portable, this rechargeable handheld vaporizer are the new alternative to the cigarette.