im very happy that the ban has come in here. ive been out sometimes and actually been in tears from the smoke, mascara running down your face isent a good look, and the smell the next day is disgusting sometimes i can still smell it in my hair after ive washed it.
its not unfair for the smokers to go outside especially as its only something like 10% of irish who smoke and they are making the choice to inhale that junk not the rest of us.
the only negative iv found is that i happen to hang around with alot of smokers so i get left sitting on my own like a knob while they all pop outside, they continue with the conversation while you get hassled by every freak in the bar.
I am a smoker (shame). I do admit that I do hate others smoking while I am eating my meals. I am not against the smoking ban because I think it will help smokers smoke less, well you don't see it then you don't think about it. I am currently living in my future father-in-law's house and I have to go outside for a fag, I still get cravings but I do smoke less now, but when I lived on my own I did smoke far more just for the sake of it (more of a physical habit then an addiction). In conclusion, I think they should ban smoking in public places.
I'm in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), and we've adopted a complete smoking ban here (well, not complete, I suppose...bars have ventilated smoking rooms separate from the main area)...it works well!! It's so great that as a non-smoker, I can go out now and not smell like smoke, or breathe it, and the smokers still have somewhat of an option (and worse-case, can still smoke outside...)
The smoking ban works. The number of smokers has even decreased, which is the goal...and really, how many smokers would still smoke if they felt they were able to quit. Part of the goal of banning smoking is just that, to encourage people to quit.
I'm really happy about the bans in Australia. I am friends with a lot of people who smoke and some disagree with me, but I think it's great. When people smoke in restaurants or bars you can't get away from it, it hangs in the air. I avoid bars and clubs because of the smoking. It really bothers me when people smoke really close to children, and I hate having to breathe in second-hand smoke when I enter a building because people are forbidden from smoking inside and so hang out in the doorways. I know that it is inappropriate to discriminate against people, but I am happy that we are controlling a behaviour that is potentially fatal to others. I mean, someone taking ecstasy, LSD or even shooting up (all of which are illegal), aside from the social problems, effect me less than someone smoking. I know that there are many smokers who are considerate of others and who will feel really hard-done by, but there are an awful lot of inconsiderate people out there who will not even think about your well-being. I think we need tight smoking restrictions to ensure that people who are inconsiderate of others KNOW what is inappropriate. However, it is probably best if there are areas where smokers can smoke. Maybe there should be a mix of nightclubs and bars that both allow and ban smoking, and other designated areas for smoking, so that smokers have a place to go, and non-smokers can choose to avoid or frequent these places as they wish.
Anyway, I know I'm a bit hard-core about some issues, so I bet there are a tonne of people who disagree with me , but that's life
I thought the Irish would be a little more put off by the ban, but I still think it's a good idea. I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba and we have a smoking ban in ALL public places. There are no areas in bars/restaurants that can allow smoking anymore. The only place left to smoke is either at home or outside. The ban is going to take effeect in the whole province this fall I believe. Some people have even gona as far as trying to ban smoking around entrances to buildings since that is where people usually gather around outside to smoke. I saw that in the news pertaining to hospitals. And even more recently people started complaining about allowing smoking on playgrounds where children can be exposed to it. I mean I don't smoke and I hate the smell but that's kind of pushing it.
I don't think that the Irish would be more put off then anyone else, the majority of people in Ireland don't actually smoke. Though I do have to admit that at the moment the smokers are fine standing outside smoking but when the winter months come in it will be another story. From a nonsmokers point of view, I think that its great, I used to hate leaving the pub at the end of the night stinking of smoke. The biggest problem now is if all your mates smoke you're sitting on your own waiting for them to come back in. Another problem is that without the smell of smoke you are more aware of other smells , especially body odours in nightclubs......... yuckkkkkk