Dear Queenie,

  My boyfriend smokes and when we are out at a “no smoking” place he will get up and go outside to have a cigarette every so often and leave me sitting there alone. It’s embarrassing to be sitting there and think people are staring at me.

  Queenie, I keep asking him not to leave me sitting there alone. At least at a restaurant he should wait until we are done eating, don’t you think?—Non-smoker


Dear Non-smoker,

  Apparently your boyfriend is so addicted to nicotine that he cannot even sit through a meal without having a “fix”. Perhaps your family doctor can convince him how bad smoking is for him and what kind of health problems it may cause him (if it has not done so already), and give him some help in finding a way to quit.