shinebunny (shinebunny) wrote in little_details,
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noticing the smell of stale cigarettes during the 1960s

Google searched: "cigarette smell 1960s" (and "1950s"), "cigarette smell hotels 1960s", "stale cigarette smell", "cigarette smell upkeep 1960s"

Okay, so I've tried a few search terms, but I'm unsure of how to get what I want. I keep getting stuff about how to get that stale cigarette smell out of old homes. 

Basically, I have a story set in the early 1960s. As far as I know, people often smoked indoors, with very little stigma attached to smoking in public buildings. My question is basically: how much of a stale cigarette smell would there be indoors during this period?

Specifically, to get a better idea:

In a hotel? In a typical house? Did people try not to smoke in their houses to prevent a stale cigarette smell, or was there some way of warding it off? Would a public place (like a well-kept hotel) be better at keeping the smell at bay? Or did everyone just live with it and not really notice because it was everywhere? Would a heavy smoker's home smell significantly worse than a light smoker's? 

Thanks in advance! 

ETA: Thanks so much! This is even more information than I needed... which is wonderful. :) 


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