This lady is a jewel and I was blessed with talking to her and laughing with her on my Celtic Highlight tour. My husband and I teased her about her smoking and told her stories about my mother-in-law's similar smoking habits, including a common brand.
The non-Lebanese people on our tour never gave themselves a chance to get to know this remarkable woman. They bought into the "Arab-Muslim" stereotype perpetuated by our tour guide. They lost out big time.
The more I think about the events of my trip and the marginalization of these people, the sicker I feel. It scary how people will buy into stereotypes and cause a lot more danger than not speaking to people on a trip. This how Nazis were put into power.