My interest in vegetable gardening comes mostly from doing it as a
child alongside my father, a pipe smoker. He always enlisted me to
pull the suckers off his tomato plants and explained it was because he handled
the tobacco and might transmit a disease to them. Doing this task made me
feel important--there was something I was needed to do that he couldn't do!--and
helped me take ownership in those tomatoes.
I'm grown now, he still smokes, and he has no child at home to do
this for him, by the way, but he still raises delicious tomatoes every
year. So it's not like they keel over at the slightest touch of a smoker's
I'm with Adam. Tolerance and cheer will serve the garden best.
Arkansas Hunger Coalition