Friday, June 01, 2007

Unseen drawbacks to smoking ban

Our legislators have not thought this smoking ban thing through. Over a number of weeks and months, many places - well, pubs - have been going smoke-free, or restricting the areas in which smoking is allowed, in advance of the July 1 cut-off. Some things are obvious and not all, I suggest, are good.

Increased number of amateur drinkers. This is not a good thing. You know the sort. People who go find a table before going to the bar in direct contravention of bar etiquette. People who like chain pubs because you know they'll be the saem no matter what town you're in. People who order Carling for the same reason as per the chain pubs rather than try something which might actually have some flavour. And that's people who already go to pubs. Imagine the numbers of newbies suddenly tempted to try now that their asthma won't play up.
Increased numbers of kids in pubs. Again, not a good thing. The last thing you want when you're out in a country pub is a wailing child nearby and this will only increase post-ban.

Drinking and smoking go together. Simple as that. Relaxing with a fine ale and an exotic cigar is a pastime and while I can live without it, it just won't be the same.

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