johngold--No problem, you next to me on the adjacent balcony, go ahead and light up. Would love to have you as a neighbor.
Now then, you ask a very excellent question; "When a ship is moving, how does smoking on the balcony affect anyone up wind? Would not a solution be to put the smokers downwind? I don't know, Just asking."
Others suggest the same, their thinking being, if you have a balcony and the ship is moving along at 20 knots, how can the smoke bother anybody, it just blows away. So my usual response to them is this:
Think back first on your balcony experience(s), have you ever set out there, even when the vessel was moving along close to 20 knots or more and had to lean into the wind and cover your hair, ect? My answer----of course not, if not, very rarely, instead, all depends upon the speed of the vessel and the direction of the prevailing wind, if you have a following wind which cancels out the forward air movement due the vessel's movement, then nothing-dead air, if the wind across the bow is blowing off the other side? Well, you get the drift, pun intended. Actually, when in transit, on our balconies in all my experiences I rarely have witnessed much wind, and I love my balcony on which I spend hours out there on, which I often lean off the side of to watch the flying fishes, marine life and birds.
But more importantly, when do most folk enjoy their balcony? Not at night when most of the time we are traveling from port to port and it is pitch black (oops, except here in Alaska in the summer, sorry)? Okay, during sea days, but really, that is it. When on port days, most of us are all out on shore excursions, correct? But then, even if we have decided to stay on board, enjoying the balcony, where is the wind? Fact is, way over 60%-70% of our time on the balcony is when we are tied up to a pier or at anchor, maybe not at sail away's, which I love, but even at those times we are moving at maybe 3 knots at the most.