A smoking ban in restaurants makes sense. Hope they don't ban it in the bars though, as it's nice to escape the UK's totalitarian regime, and have a few puffs with my beer in Prague. To think that once they were behind the Iron Curtain, and it was us that had freedom. How quickly things change!
no real change will happen....not when the state derives a lot of money from cigarette tax and simply the culture of the Czech pub...
I can deal with restuarants..you have a choice..
the bigger issue is simply the number of people that smoke and the amount of young people that do soEdited: 18 November 2011, 20:27
If "passive smoking" was anything other than a propaganda term then everyone woulkd become addicted.
The reality is that anti smokers have been wielding powers beyond the mandate of their numbers because they do not like the stink of tobacco smoke. Barbies and coal fires are fine though. (Just a wee dig)
However, smoking is now on the way out and we had all better get used it. The purge began as soon as anti smokers got hold of that statistic which showed non smokers in a majority of 0.1 percent.
And as time passes you will find that the people who moaned about you smoking inside restaurants and bars will moan about you smoking outside them.
@ whitespirit ..how true !
It is truly amazing that there are people extolling what they consider to be the benefits of smoking cigarettes, in this day and age. And it is even more troubling to think that there are people, who completely ignore decades of scientific research on the subject.
That being said, I agree that anyone has the right to smoke, if that is their pleasure. Just as anyone has the right to drink beer, wine, etc. to the point of getting stinking drunk, if that is their pleasure. However, the "state" has stepped in to tell drunks that it is illegal to drive, because it is a public hazard. Likewise, the "state" has stepped in to protect the public, at large, from the ill effects of cigarette smoking.
So, anyone has the right to smoke if it doesn't affect others in a harmful way.
Totally agree with Castleblanca and even as an X smoker who really enjoyed smoking 60 a day, But I saw sense and gave up because I knew that I was killing myself and heading for an early grave. but the real point of giving up was to stop giving the goverment about £15 per day, that's £5475 pa . Now I enjoy at least 5 holidays a year.Edited: 19 November 2011, 16:34
Me too MikeBR, it works out to just about a car payment over here if you tally it up for a year. Besides, the tobacco companies spike the nicotene content. I sar it on the History Channel how they do it, sickening.
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'And as time passes you will find that the people who moaned about you smoking inside restaurants and bars will moan about you smoking outside them.'
These are probably the same people who said that they would be crowding into pubs when the ban came in, because they would enjoy the new smoke-free atmosphere. Well guess what, most of the pubs by me in my part of Bristol, UK are dying. The smokers have left, and the clean air brigade failed to turn up. Even if they did, they are the ones who nurse a small white wine all night.
I don't just enjoy frequenting Czech bars because I can have a couple of Bensons with my beer. I visit several Czech bars every night of my regular trips because the bars have people in them, and a bit of atmosphere. They are real places, where real people come to drink, eat, talk, relax, unwind, and while away the evening in a convivial atmosphere. Yes, many of these people also like a smoke, but if you ban this then you risk changing what makes these places work. The smokers disappear, their friends go with them, and before you know it, your favourite bar is commercially unviable.
Many bars now have segregated smoking areas, which is a good comprimise. However, to those that strongly object to smoking in bars, perhaps visiting a proper pub just isn't for you.
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