smoking ban in ireland

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1. Posted by pawl (Budding Member 15 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i was just wondering about people's views on the recent smoking ban in irish pub's. would you be for it or against it in your own country? if you're a smoker would it put you off visiting here?

2. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm a non-smoker so I would like it. Also I think with all the negative side effects that come about because of smoking and second hand smoke that it is better for everyone involved if smoking is not allowed in so many places.
In Wisconsin (the state where I live) there are recent bans on smoking in restaurants (although it is still allowed in bars) and it is really nice to be able to eat a meal without someone else's smoke in your face.
I'm going to be in Spain for the summer where there are few bans on smoking in public places and honestly I'm not looking forward to that.
Smoking doesn't bother me a lot I just prefer non-smoking environments.

3. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

There has been a lot of this going on in the USA. New York is now illegal to smoke in bars. This has really been hurting bars in NYC because of the close proximity of New Jersey where it is still legal to smoke.

I for one(I smoke) am all for it. Smoking is pretty nasty and if you don't smoke then you shouldn't have to breath other people's smoke. That being said, there should be a place where you can step outside for a smoke with your drink in hand. A little fenced off area outside where you can carry your drink and go to smoke... Most places here in the NY have those. Same in California which is also illegal to smoke in bars now too. If a bar/pub doesn't have an outdoor area, or IDs me everytime I step out for a smoke I move on to the next place that is more smoker friendly.

Smoking and Second-Hand smoke cause a lot of death and illness every year though, so if you choose(wisely) to avoid it, you should be able to. The only bad part is when I fly I used to use chewing tobbacco which is nasty crap but helps take the edge off... People on the plane next to me were usually more disgusted by my chewing than they used to be by smoking years ago... My new plan is nicotine gum when I fly, which seems to be working out well Hopefully chewing gum isn't making any fellow travellers uneasy... even though the stuff doesn't seem to do too much for me, it helps a little.

4. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

That would be totally disgusting to sit next to someone who was chewing on a plane!! Yuck!!
Good plan to stick with the gum!!
and I think it's cool that even though you smoke you think smoking should be banned in public places.

5. Posted by IngridJone (Budding Member 34 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

yeah i totally agree... i dont mind if people can smok in an outside area or something.. but its horrible when you're in a bar and someones puffing smoke in your face!! people always walk through the dancing area's with lit cigarettes and i'm sure they're gonna burn me (im really short and people have a tendency to not see me sometimes when its a crowded area).. plus at the end of the night you go home and everything on you including your skin reeks of cigarettes!! i think they're supposed to put a ban up in new zealand soon... and i hope they do

6. Posted by Tiago (Full Member 22 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi there
I'm portuguese, non smoker. Over here there are very few bans, you can smoke in almost all the restaurants and bars. I work in a small company with three other people (smokers) and I have to deal with a lot of other people's smoking everyday, which is bit disturbing for me.
I would appreciate stricter laws, forbidding smoking in work places.

Cheers, Tiago

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I do smoke but I also work in a bar and every night I can feel my throat is sore from breathing second hand smoke I agree it's a really good idea.
I'm all for it in England and hopefully it will happen although like Imon I would expect there to be an available place for me to have one if I want otherwise I think thats bordering on eliminating personal choice!

8. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

To answer your question Pawl, no a total ban, wouldn't put me off going to Ireland. If only cos the Guinness is so good there there are also some great bars, great atmosphere and some good music bars as well as wonderful scenery also. I love the place. I am a non-smoker and I hate breathing in second hand smoke from other smokers, I hate the smell and the fact that it can affect your health and everything. Especially when I am eating - however, a total ban in public places is a bit over the top, there should be sections in a restaurant or bar, or wherever where a smoker can enjoy smoking. I'd say though not in work or on public transport where non-smokers are not able to get away from the smoke. But I'd say in bars and restaurants a total ban is inappropriate. After all a public house is just that, open to the public. I don't think that smokers should be discriminated for smoking and shoved outside a bar to be honest. Usually I find if I ask nicely for someone not to smoke near me or a person at a restaurant that is sitting near me that I know not to smoke whilst I am eating, they will usually politely say 'ok then' and not smoke. It is the common courtesy of that person. I believe people have been going to bars for so long and the smoking has not bothered them so much, as to not let them go into that bar to drink. However with regards to working inside a stuffy office or factory wherever, I'd say definitely not. I joined a small insurance company once as the only non-smoker, everyone else smoked in the office. I hated the smell, it made me feel sick and I lost my appetite, and kept wondering outside just so I could breathe oxygen. I ended up getting chest infections all the time, my diabetes couldn't have been good either as I was always ill, I ended up with a horrendous 'smokers cough' and the doctor didn't believe that I didn't smoke really. Oh yes a member of the public came into this particular insurance company which I worked for at the time and suffered an asthma attack because of inhaling the amount of smoke that had built up (and decorated the walls in a mustard yellow colour) in this insurance company. So I'd say it can seriously affect your health if you constantly breathe in second hand smoke and so it is best to have some laws and a total ban- where you have no choice to stay and breathe it in such as a train or workplace but a part -ban such as sectioned bar areas, or restaurant areas in the public places is appropriate.

9. Posted by mazmik (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


Smoking on all public transport here in Australia is banned and has been for years. Smoking anywhere there is food, eating and or preparation is all banned. Over the next two or three years they will slowly be banning smoking in the front bars and the pokey rooms. Smoking is banned in all the work places.

I have smoked 30 plus smokes a day for 35 years. I have given up and haven't had a smoke for 6 weeks. My reason for giving up was to stop the constant coughing. My only rule in my house now is that no-one is allowed to smoke in the house if any of my grandchildren or any children for that matter are present. I have ashtrays for my friends and do not mind them smoking inside when there are no children present.

I think the smoking laws have gone toooooooo far now. Smokers are treated like they are a lower class of people and this is not the way it should be. Smokers are addicted and it is truly a terrible addiction for them (I know this as I am still getting over my addiction and it is really hard)so I find it better to allow places for smokers and for non smokers.

Just my thoughts

10. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

In Calgary, Canada there is now a smoking ban in all public places, including most restaurants and bars. Some places have a room off to the side where you can smoke, and Boston Pizza's Lounge will still allow you to smoke. It is banned in all malls and office buildings. Some managers still allow their employees to smoke in their offices, though, usually after hours when there are no clients or customers. I'm a smoker and I personally try not to smoke around people. I will even prolong exhaling cigarette smoke if someone is walking right passed me outside. No one should have to inhale my second hand smoke. I don't smoke inside my own house or let smokers smoke inside, either, because the walls discolor anywhere there is a little moisture. It is especially disgusting to smoke in the bath. I never smoke inside people's houses unless they offer it and they smoke also, and still then I sometimes will go out onto the front step anyway.