when running away just isn't an option...
posted by christina @ 9:18 PM
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I was just in Belgium and they are banning smoking starting in January. Too bad Germany is behind the times.
I just read the same article on Spiegel on line and was actually going to blog it. I am against a total ban, which we have here in T-Dot. Germany needs to restrict in some places but certainly not all. What is a public space? Why not allow restaurants and bars to choose and designate themselves either or. That way the consumer can decide. Our across the b oard smoking ban has created havoc in seniors residences, for example where elderly people in wheelchairs and walkers have to make their way outdoors in -20c to have a ciggarette! Kind of dumb in my opinion. But then again, I'm very opinionated.
I was disappointed to see this as well but I don't see it as being much different than what is done in the United States - there isn't and can't be federal bans on smoking except in federal facilities. It's a state issue. Don't hole up in your house - put pressure on your state to ban smoking in public places.
Although I can understand the logic of why the national government is reluctant to ban smoking everywhere, I too am disappointed.Smoking is my number one annoyance in Germany--and whilst the article said that something like 1 in 4 are smokers, I think in Weimar it is probably more like 1 in 3.Very frustrating, and very smelly.
Ewww! This is the grossest thing about living here. We moved from a smoke free state (not even allowed in bars!). Ick Ick Ick!
The German government just took back my Christmas present! The number of smokers and lack of a barrier in places that claim to have a "non-smoking" section already keeps me home a lot. Second-hand smoke makes me feel like an ashtray, not to mention all of the negative physical reactions I have to being around it.
I figured it was too good to be true. Oh well. Smoking is gross and we can only hope the states over there, pick up where the Feds left off. New Hampshire has pretty good no smoking laws and I am a happy patron. I can now go to dinner and not have to put up with smoke.
UGH! Too, too bad. Sigh.
Austria is having a helluva time implementing any kind of smoking restrictions, not to mention a total ban. They're supposed to have no smoking sections in place by Jan 1 - required, optional before then. We have a crazy restrictive ban here in Seattle - no smoking within 25 feet of a public place - but I would be content if the restaurants in Austria established true no-smoking sections. When I'm feeling particulary cranky, I like to point out how Spain and Italy were able to put in smoking bans while the 'civilized' nation of Austria is still dragging their feet.
I'm waiting for the same thing to happen to the upcoming Belgian smoking ban. I figure if Ireland can ban smoking and the world still turns, any country can do it!
Germany have fudged another major issue!
I was jealous like crazy when I read the original decision to go smoke free and think it's so stupid to fudge it. Switzerland is going piecemeal smoke-free; the citizens of the Kanton (State) next door voted in a smoking ban in public places recently. I'm hoping it's a trend.
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