England follows suit


It’s nice to see that the smoking ban, following it’s MASSIVE success in the republic, could soon been extended to England under controversial new plans. Could those be the same controversial plans that were put into action in Ireland? Anti-smoking groups have hopped on the plans and come out the other end looking for an outright ban whereas the pro-smoking people (which I can only assume is mostly comprised of smokers) are whinging just like they did when the Irish ban was coming into effect.

Of course Scotland has already made such moves, albeit up a step. They’re leaning toward a blanket ban. I predict border crossings between the two nations will increase ever so slightly if said blanket ban comes into effect. The BBC poses the following question;

Should smoking be banned in public places? Does the plan for England go far enough? Is the country being turned into a nanny state?

Predictably enough, it has spawned all the usual replies from Joe Public. Some of them make for slightly less than interesting reading.

Give smokers a choice


Tom O’Leary of Dromore West in Co. Sligo writes in todays’ Irish Examiner (my little sarcastic comments in bold).

FAIR play to Fibber Magees. Perhaps this is the start of Irelandís own battle against prohibition, although in this case, smoking tobacco isnít illegal.
So… it’s not really prohibition then is it. Because alcohol was illegal, wasn’t it?

As a matter of fact, the Government welcomes tobacco companies to sell their product in every nook and cranny in the country. Seems hypocritical, doesnít it?

When smokers visit friendsí or relativesí houses, sometimes they are allowed to smoke inside.

Other times they are advised the host would prefer that they smoke outside. Either way, it is always the call of the host. I donít see why a publican canít have the same host authority. By designating pubs as smoker-friendly, or not, smoking and non-smoking owners and customers have options. Any other approach discriminates against one group or the other. Tell you what then. Next time you walk into a pub and want to light up, you have to do the rounds and ask every single person in the pub if they mind you smoking. After all, we are the guests.

While tobacco remains a legal, consumable product, there is no fairer approach. By the way, I smoke, but Iím not allowed to do so in my house or car.

My wife is the hostess in our house. And is clearly the pants wearer.

Why is it so difficult for all these whiny smokers to get it into their smog laden brains that bitching about a ban isn’t going to reverse it. If you want to smoke, find yourself a beer garden; that’s YOUR choice. If you can’t live with that, quit smoking. I’m obviously not alone in my passion for not wanting to have to constantly inhale lungfulls of your toxic secondhand smoke. Take it outside nature boy!

Hey, you could always go up north of the border and smoke in their pubs. Get up there while the goings good though. It may not be too long before the ban comes into effect in the UK also.

Crafty publicans shot down


This is old news by now, but I felt it merited a comment. Publicans of several bars decided to break the smoking ban by allowing their customers to smoke last week. The always slow to act health boards eventually pounced on the landlords with threats of fines and legal proceedings; by which time the ban had already come back into force.

Of course, the word of the only smoking pubs in Ireland hit every major media and the crafty old publicans got instant nationwide free advertising on TV, radio and newspapers. Bus loads of nicotene addicts flocked to once again enjoy a cancer stick with their pint, without having to stand outside like the second class citizens they keep claiming to be.

Were any publicans actually fined? Will any of them be under fierce scrutiny by the health boards when it comes time for license renewal? I’d be surprised. For their “we can beat this ban” attitude and blatantly flaunting the fact that they allowed smoking, they should recieve a hefty fine alone. I mean, if smokers keep moaning about how they are being treated like second class citizens, all us first classers might just start believing them.

Deasy avoids the law


I think anyone would have seen this coming. Fine Gael TD John Deasy, the very man who was caught smoking in the DŠil bar after the ban came into effect, is to avoid prosecution. The Office of Tobacco Control contacted the TD in the past few weeks to confirm that they will not be taking action against him.

He could of course been fined up to €3,000 for the offence, mere pocket change to a man such as himself I’m sure. Maybe not though, now that he’s been sacked as a direct result of the fiasco.

The man is obviously either a rebel or an idiot. Probably both. Just another example of “one law for the rich…” etc.
(Full Story)

Ban moving north of the border?


The government was under growing pressure tonight to introduce a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and all workplaces in Northern Ireland as a trial for the rest of the UK.

Excellent! Soon there won’t be a single place for smokers to hide. [Cue evil laugh].
(Source: UTV)

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