Should the UK ban smoking in public places?

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    pixi
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    #15531 Reply

    pixi
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    Ireland has become the first country in Europe to ban smoking in public places.

    Was the Irish government right to do this? Will other EU countries follow?

    Should the UK also ban smoking in public places?

    #15532 Reply

    MelbourneTV
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    Yes I certainly think so.

    The Victorian state Government has banned smoking in pubs, eateries, casinos etc – basically anywhere indoors. I personnaly think it should be banned in public completely.

    Its really annoying waiting for a train only to have some smoker on the platform light up and have the smoke blown into your face.

    #15533 Reply

    SkyNewsAus
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    Hi All,

    I’d agree with this move. Here is Australia, some of the sate governments (MelbourneTV mentioned about Victoria) have banned in pubs, clubs etc … and that is a good idea. Even though you may be outside in public, smokers + wind = not very good for you. I commend Ireland!

    The UK should follow the path of the Irish and so shoul every other country!

    Cheers,

    SkyNewsAus.

    #15534 Reply

    Hello
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    Smoking should be banned in public places. A lot of people are either asthmatic, allergic to or just can’t stand the smell of tobacco smoke. If you don’t ban smoking in public places how do you give the above people protection from having to breathe in other peoples tobacco smoke?

    #15535 Reply

    Newsroom
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    Hey last night i was out clubbin and i tell you the difference without the cigarettes is amazing!

    Don’t get me wrong i dont hate ppl who smoke but it is just so much healthier for us(non-smokers) without sll the horrible smoke!

    #15536 Reply

    Hello
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    quote=”Newsroom”]Hey last night i was out clubbin and i tell you the difference without the cigarettes is amazing!
    Don’t get me wrong i dont hate ppl who smoke but it is just so much healthier for us(non-smokers) without sll the horrible smoke!

    I was wondering Newsroom what has actually happened in the pubs, clubs etc since the smoking ban was introduced in Ireland. Are more or fewer people going out or has it stayed the same?

    #15537 Reply

    Newsroom
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    No its the same amount of ppl but the smokers go outside,get a club stamp on their hand and smoke outside.However,at 1 or 2 in the morning in Dublin it tends to be quite chilly so less smokers go out and just forget about the cigarettes.

    Still,there is a congregation of ppl outside the pubs and clubs,smoking.

    #15538 Reply

    geordieboi
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    (from a smoker)

    i can see the point of banning smoking in public places from both sides. from a health point of view, and a non-smokers view, why should they be subjected to poisonous and harmful fumes from passive smoking..

    from the smokers point of view, why should smokers be discriminated against by saying they can’t do what they want to do in public places? it’s not illegal to smoke, therefore you can’t use the argument that “well a shoplifter wants to shoplift, but he can’t do that… so why should smoking be allowed?”

    difficult one i guess. interesting if anyone here is a human rights lawyer/expert, where would a smoker stand in a human rights court having been told he can’t smoke a cigarette when he goes to the shop ?? would that breach his human rights??

    (for the record, i wouldn’t smoke in such a place as a shop or restaurant anyway… nothing worse than sitting in a restaurant having a meal and having smoke being blown in your face… and that’s from a smoker!!)

    #15539 Reply

    Hello
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    (from a smoker)

    i can see the point of banning smoking in public places from both sides. from a health point of view, and a non-smokers view, why should they be subjected to poisonous and harmful fumes from passive smoking..

    from the smokers point of view, why should smokers be discriminated against by saying they can’t do what they want to do in public places? it’s not illegal to smoke, therefore you can’t use the argument that “well a shoplifter wants to shoplift, but he can’t do that… so why should smoking be allowed?”

    difficult one i guess. interesting if anyone here is a human rights lawyer/expert, where would a smoker stand in a human rights court having been told he can’t smoke a cigarette when he goes to the shop ?? would that breach his human rights??

    (for the record, i wouldn’t smoke in such a place as a shop or restaurant anyway… nothing worse than sitting in a restaurant having a meal and having smoke being blown in your face… and that’s from a smoker!!)

    The problem with smoking tobacco is that everybody else that is close by has to breathe it in whether they want to or not. It’s not like drinking alcohol where only the person drinking it can smell it. The only way you are going to help the non-smoker is to outlaw smoking altogether. How many times have non-smokers asked smokers not to smoke and been told to get lost by the smoker? If someone wants to smoke why can’t they go outside and smoke it where other non-smokers don’t have to smell it?

    #15540 Reply

    Steven
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    I really don’t know which side of this fence I stand on. I don’t smoke, and don’t care much for it. But, if I’m going to the pub I accept that there’ll most likely be a smokey atmosphere. Do I like that thought? No. Do I just get on with enjoying my evening out? Yes. Do I resent the smokers? No. Now with regards to the working environment, that’s a different issue. I accept that this is where my argument comes into a bit of a problem. Of course, the pub is a social environment for most, but it is also a work environment for some. So I’m really not entirely sure.

    #15541 Reply

    Newsroom
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    Place a smoking ban around Europe and ban cigarettes altogether make them as illegal as E-tabs.

    Then everyone will live for loger and save their money!

    #15542 Reply

    Steven
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    Place a smoking ban around Europe and ban cigarettes altogether make them as illegal as E-tabs.

    Then everyone will live for loger and save their money!

    Then we’ll ban alcohol. Everyone will live for longer and save their money. Many embarrasing situations will disappear. Pregnancy rates will drop. The list of pros is endless . . .

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