We have a sense of smell for a reason. At times bad smells are a signal of environments or conditions that it may be better to avoid when possible. Although there are times when it may be hard or impossible to avoid those environments or situations. In those times, people do often get used to being around bad smells. City sanitation workers, plumbers, sewer workers, forensic experts, nurses and CNAs, are just some examples of people who acclimate to working in environments that would sicken most people unaccustomed to dealing with such smells. It is likely that in the first few days or weeks that these people worked in their fields the smells were overwhelming but eventually, they got used to them.
Your sense of smells may very well be more acute and it may be that you will have to build up some tolerance to your new senses. What cigarettes did was to diminish your sense of smell and now your ability to smell ALL things accurately is returning to a more normal level. Again, you may get signals now to situations that you should try to avoid or at least to minimize your exposure. If it is a situation though that you do not want to avoid or cannot, with time you will probably be able to build up a tolerance to dealing with the smells.
I am going to attach a brief commentary here that I use when people write saying that they realized that they smoke in order to self-medicate themselves for a specific problem that they had. In a way what you are saying is that you realized that cigarettes were making it possible to deal with bad smells. That can be seen as a kind of self medication issue, making the following commentary relevant:
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']There are likely some people who smoke in order to self-medicate themselves for certain conditions that they have. What these people need to understand though is the problem with the "medication" (their cigarettes) that they have chosen to use to treat a condition. The medication (cigarettes) they are using has certain undesirable side effects.[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']Think of it this way. Lets say that you have a medical or emotional condition that causes you some level of discomfort. Nothing life threatening, just a problem that is causing some minor disruption in your day to day function. You go to your pharmacy and look through the over the counter remedies and find one that says it "may" be able to treat your exact condition. You buy it.[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']When you get home you start to read the dosing instructions and contraindications of usage. The medication has the following standard warning:[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']Medication is habit forming. Medication leads to addiction to most people who use it. Medication known to be one of the most addictive drugs known to man. Medication contains the following ingredients, followed by a list of four thousand chemicals, some with familiar names like arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and many many others. Medication known to cause cancer in rodents. Medication known to cause cancer in humans. Medication known to cause heart disease, strokes, peripheral vascular diseases. Medication known to destroy lung tissue. Medication known to cause chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Medication is known to be the most recognized cause of premature death in the United States. Medication known to cripple millions of people worldwide every year. Medication known to kill over 4.9 million people worldwide every year. Medication known to kill one out of every two people who use it.[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']On top of this you calculate the cost of using this medication over your lifetime, which is how it is going to be used if you start it now, and you realize it is going to cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. No insurance company will ever cover its costs and in fact, most likely all of your insurance companies are going to charge you higher premiums for your lifetime because you use the medication.[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']Considering all of the above consequences--do you take the medication? One more thing--there are other medications on the market that actually can treat your condition, that have no known life threatening health effects.* [/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']I think any rational person would try to get a refund for the purchased medication. There is probably only one group of people who would take the medication considering the above implications. It is the ones who had been taking it for years already, who may have started before they knew or fully understood all of the problems the drug would cause. Now they may believe the warnings but they like most others who used it are caught in the active grip of the addiction of the drug. They believe that they have lost choice in the matter. They are users and they believe they are stuck that way for the rest of their life.[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']Hopefully, somewhere in fine print on the box will be an instruction that says, medication is addictive and deadly, but can be stopped if a person simply makes and sticks to a personal commitment to never take another dose.[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']Joel[/font]
[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']*[font=ARIAL, HELVETICA, 'SANS SERIF']Okay, the section in red here doesn't easily apply. It is unlikely that a pharmaceutical company is going to sell a product designed to destroy one of your actual senses. It is more feasible that there are products such as face masks, nose plugs or ventilation kind of filters that could block smells when absolutely necessary. Again, these products may have drawbacks but those drawbacks aren't going to include risks of crippling then killing you.[/font][/font]