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AMEND SMOKING LAWS FOR A MINORITY OF PUBS

Comment 8th July 2010

I write this as a non-smoker.

 

The nanny-state rule about no smoking in pubs has its merits.  But it does take away the rights of pub owners who smoke, pub staff who smoke and, of course, members of the public who smoke and wish to have a quiet drink.  As a result hundreds of pubs have closed down.

 

What on earth would be wrong with a minority of pubs – pubs where the owners, staff and customers all want to smoke – being allowed to smoke inside the pub premises.  Smoking pubs could be capped at (say) 5% of the total numbers of pubs.  Customers/staff who don’t want to drink/work in a smoky atmosphere could go to the vast majority of pubs where smoking is not permitted. 

 

I am sick of the sight of smokers standing outside pubs having a quiet smoke in the rain – kind of like a persecuted minority.

Why does this matter?

I AM FED UP WITH A NANNY STATE CONSTANTLY TELLING US WHAT TO DO, WHAT IS GOOD FOR US ETC.  WE CAN DECIDE MANY OF THESE THINGS FOR OURSELVES.  THE SMOKING BAN IN PUBS IS TYPICAL OF A GOOD IDEA BEING PUSHED THAT BIT TOO FAR.

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