Q: Is it appropriate for management to provide an outside table for smokers to eat at (so they can enjoy the sunshine and still be able to smoke during lunch) while only providing an inside table for the nonsmokers (so they aren’t subjected to the smoke, but are left to bask in the fluorescent lighting)?
A: Most likely, management put the smokers’ table outside so nonsmokers would be spared second-hand smoke — not so they could enjoy the sunshine. It’s probably pretty uncomfortable out there on cold days, or when it snows or rains. But the real issue here has to do with the nonsmokers’ lack of access to an outside table. Do the other nonsmokers feel the same way you do? If not, you may want to consider whether this is an issue you want to take on. If others do share your concern, I suggest that as a group you ask management to create an outside area for nonsmokers as well, putting it at a comfortable distance away from the smokers’ table. That way, nonsmokers and smokers alike can enjoy eating outdoors during nice weather.