Smoking Ban.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by nook1938, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. nook1938

    nook1938 Supporting Member

    This Smoking Ban, at least smoking as not been driven " underground ", everyone is stood outside puffing away, which lets be honest, it is not a very good advert for a Company when the staff are outside, blocking the Pavement Smoking.
  2. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Bets thing to happen in the UK for ages... :) glad we got there before you lot!!
  3. nook1938

    nook1938 Supporting Member

    I was thinking everyone was queing up to get into work, when someone said it was because of the smoking ban, so it must have come
    "up north" :wink:
  4. Griffin

    Griffin Active Member

    Had my first experience of not being able to smoke and drink last night...
    Free nicorette gum on the bar tho.. tasted awful!
    there was more people outside the pub than inside, come the end of the night, there were just loads of empty pint glasses strewn around and shattered glass all over the road.

    Weren't pubs originally a place to relax and socialise? With a Tap room etc...

    Think I might invest in chewing tobacco or snuff stock, could make a fortune, since no one can smoke anywhere anymore!
  5. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Indeed they were... but for non-smokers as well though - who never had a choice in the matter.

    We do now... and it's fantastic. You want to smoke... get out in the rain and smoke... :) luv it!
  6. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    The pub we go to after band practice has been packed since the Ban. It's great to go home and not need fumigating. :)
  7. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    It's all good! I quit in new year after 18 years of smoking knowing the ban was coming - I wanted to be prepared and didn't want to moan about it!

    After just over 6 months not smoking even my playing's starting to improve a little.
  8. Griffin

    Griffin Active Member

    see - this is persecution.
    at least give us our tap room back or something

    its gonna be like what happened with planes.. cos smoking was banned the air conditioning isn't as good anymore, thats why the air is acrid.. sames gonna happen in pubs too...

    i know that around 25% of the population in this country smokes.. so it was inevitable that we'd end up outside...

    less smokers means less tax revenue form cigarettes, so the money has to come from somewhere else... so i'm shafted either way! haha
  9. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    Not necessarily. Not meaning to sound like a "reformed smoker" but the cost to the NHS from the effects of smoking would probably be near the revenue created - well maybe not quite but not everyone will quit!
  10. Griffin

    Griffin Active Member

    i'm thinkin of quitting now anyway

    dont fancy freezing my assets of come winter

    i know its not doin me any good any way

    i have between 20 - 30 a week, so i'm not a heavy smoker, just i enjoy a couple o smokes a day, and when i go for a drink, but cant enjoy that any more because so many people object to it.

    i seriously lack motivation tho.
  11. nook1938

    nook1938 Supporting Member

    Now, I used to smoke a Pipe and I must admit, when I had just changed trailers and was ready to " nip " down to Dormans Land, or somewhere down South, I used to "stoke up" but had to open a window because of the smoke and now I can not stop in a room if anyone is smoking and I only gave up because of a Throat Infection.

    I hope it encourages some of these pubs to decorate in some brighter colours.
  12. Griffin

    Griffin Active Member

    get rid of the old smoke stained furniture and re paint the walls and ceiling.

    least the acridity will be replaced with the new decor.. or the smell of sweaty men and scampi flavoured fries :]
  13. SuperMosh

    SuperMosh New Member

    I still smoke and for a chuckle read through another thread which was lively regarding this issue

    As for the ban, bring it on. I got stopped by a warden t'other day for dropping a fag butt on the litter free streets of St Anns in Nottingham. Admitted my error, said sorry, let off the fine. Got talking to the pretend copper and he reckons staff are not able to smoke within 5 meters of their premises.

    Don't know if this is true but may be worth remembering. With it being a new rule, those people who have to walk through gangs of smokers near office buildings could ring the council. The council could then divert all available recources to the fining of these criminals and thus move resources away from people dumping furniture on country roads, travellers camping on public playing fields and elderley people afraid to access their own communities due to anti-social yobs.
  14. dyl

    dyl Active Member

  15. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    The smoking ban's amazing. Smoke free pubs finally. It's always brilliant when you visit home (Scotland) and get home form a night out smelling fresh as a daisy and smoke free. Even better that it's here now too. Long live smoke free public places! Woo Hoo!!!
  16. Andy Cooper

    Andy Cooper Member

    I keep passing pubs now with so many smokers outside, I have to go in the pub to get some fresh air.

    At least thats MY excuse!
  17. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    I'm in agreement with most on this thread. I can go for a meal at my local pub and take my 12-month-old son as well (he's quite well behaved so long as he has a beer mat to play with). However, as an ex-smoker, I can understand the change in lifestyle that it will mean for a lot of people and why they feel a great deal of genuine resentment. I can't stand the nanny-state we seem to live in at the moment.

    Every little bit of legislation is pushing us closer and closer to 1984. What's Tony Brown/Gordon Blair's next dictat? Smart boxes in our cars to tell them when and where we are, and to dip into our bank accounts at the same time? Oh, sorry, they're already going to do that.
  18. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    Just to respond... I worry too about becoming a nanny state and also disagree with 'asset seizure without court intervention' (which I believe you were referring to) however, I don't see the smoking ban in the same way... that's not because I'm an ex-smoker it's just that I think this kind of legislation is what the government should be doing - bringing in regulations to safe guard the public health and act for the majority of the population.

    Nobody is being told they can't smoke - they are just restricted as to where they can smoke. There are very few complaints about smoking on trains/planes etc anymore. And before anyone says - not all journeys are vital or work related so the argument could be the same - "I always enjoy a fag with my drink and it calms my nerves on take-off" doesn't sound a convincing viewpoint anymore.
  19. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    One more small point... as for legislation pushing us closer to 1984, what's the point of legislation if it doesn't restrict or control? You could say if for all legislation. That's the point of it as you can't expect the government to ask politely if you wouldn't mind not doing a certain thing and people to take notice!!
  20. Cornet Nev.

    Cornet Nev. Member

    I have some mixed feelings on this, while I can sympathise with the none smoker wanting clean air, as a smoker, (pipe) I do feel ostracised by being forced out into our typical wet weather when I feel like a smoke. There is a great deal of pleasure from smoking a pipe with a pint but now it is removed from me. I feel there should be a smokers room in pubs, as indeed there used to be in most, with other areas smoke free.
    Finally I refuse to give up just because this nanny state says I should. When and if I do, it will be my choice not theirs.