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Cigarette Lovers Fume Over Smoking Ban


[u]Cigarette lovers fume over smoking ban[/u]
From next week, one of France’s most iconic institutions - the smoky cafe - will be but a hazy memory.

The extension of France’s smoking ban to bars, discotheques, restaurants, hotels, casinos and cafes Tuesday marks a momentous cultural shift in a country where thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir once held court while clutching cigarettes in Left Bank cafes.

For smokers, this is the most distressing part of a phased smoking ban that began last February in workplaces, schools, airports, hospitals and other “closed and covered” public places like train stations.

But many bartenders and restaurant staffers are looking forward to breathing easier and to clothes that don’t stink of seeped-in odors from the clouds of smoke where they work.

“The French culture associated with smoking is a 20th-century thing, but we won’t forget the experience,” ex-smoker Lisa Zane, a Chicago-born singer who lives in Paris, said at Le Fumoir (The Smoking Den) restaurant and bar behind the Louvre.

The Health Ministry says one in two regular smokers here dies of smoking-related illness, and about 5,000 nonsmokers die each year of passive smoking. About a quarter of France’s 60 million people are smokers.

A national union of disco owners has said it expects a 5- to 8-percent decline in business initially, and has urged the government to send pamphlets to police to show “understanding” in their enforcement of the ban.

Some 10,000 protesters, mainly tobacco vendors, marched across Paris last month in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade lawmakers to add flexibility to the new prohibitions.

For those who continue to smoke, the bitterness will take time to fade over what they see as an infringement of their freedoms.

“Great idea,” smoker Daniel Marierouyer, 45, said sarcastically at Le Fumoir. “I love it when things get imposed on us - Buckle your seat beat, don’t smoke, you need to be healthy, you’re too fat.”[quote]—I need a smoke…[/quote]

I love the smoking ban in England!
I love seeing all the smokers freezing their tits off in the cold outside a club when they need a smoke!


Have mercy on the addicts, it’s “legal drugs” after all…/;-d

Ironic that this happens under Sarkozy in the Elysee.

Anyway, it was about time. The Evin law’s been around forever. Bienvenue a la civilisation!

French Culture?

I guess I’m one of the few who thinks this is a damned shame. I’m not a smoker, but there is just something about smoking culture.

At any rate, I would have rather seen this decided in the market. If you want smoke-free businesses, vote with your feet.

Why is it that people who smoke are always in a shitty mood, even when they have cigarettes. They just seem to always be pissed off at the world.

[quote]nephorm wrote:
I guess I’m one of the few who thinks this is a damned shame. I’m not a smoker, but there is just something about smoking culture.

At any rate, I would have rather seen this decided in the market. If you want smoke-free businesses, vote with your feet. [/quote]

i agree. especially here in the u.s. a business owner should be able to choose his market and run it as he sees fit.

[quote]mazevedo wrote:
Why is it that people who smoke are always in a shitty mood, even when they have cigarettes. They just seem to always be pissed off at the world.[/quote]

wow, blanket statement.

[quote]swivel wrote:
nephorm wrote:
I guess I’m one of the few who thinks this is a damned shame. I’m not a smoker, but there is just something about smoking culture.

At any rate, I would have rather seen this decided in the market. If you want smoke-free businesses, vote with your feet.

i agree. especially here in the u.s. a business owner should be able to choose his market and run it as he sees fit.

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Exactly. Neph had a good point too. Humans have been smoking(something) since they started walking upright. “Oh, but smoking is so bad for you!” says the 300lbs lard ass whose food intake is based off Big Macs and fries.

[quote]analog_kid wrote:
swivel wrote:
nephorm wrote:
I guess I’m one of the few who thinks this is a damned shame. I’m not a smoker, but there is just something about smoking culture.

At any rate, I would have rather seen this decided in the market. If you want smoke-free businesses, vote with your feet.

i agree. especially here in the u.s. a business owner should be able to choose his market and run it as he sees fit.

Exactly. Neph had a good point too. Humans have been smoking(something) since they started walking upright. “Oh, but smoking is so bad for you!” says the 300lbs lard ass whose food intake is based off Big Macs and fries.
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Not sure how things are over there, but 300 lb lard asses are not a majority in France. Here in the UK, the smoking ban is, I would say, most definitely a good thing for the majority of the population. People are able to socialise without having to have that vile scent imposed on them, and people can work in various sectors without having to risk their health.