View Poll Results: Should smoking be banned in public places?

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  • Yes, smoking should be banned in all public places.

    31 34.07%
  • Yes, smoking should be banned in official buildings but not bars/restaurants etc.

    11 12.09%
  • No, but venues which allow smoking should have designated smoking areas

    13 14.29%
  • No, smoking should be allowed without, or with few obvious restrictions

    3 3.30%
  • No, it should be up to the owner/operator of the building.

    28 30.77%
  • Why should I care, I don't frequent public places!

    0 0%
  • Other opinion, which will be elaborated in the 78-odd paragraphs to follow

    5 5.49%
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Thread: Ban Smoking in Public?

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    Ban Smoking in Public?

    Well, pretty straightforward. Scotland, England, Ireland and Norway have banned smoking in all public places, some other countries like Germany, Italy and Austria have limited the public places in which one can smoke, and we have just heard of Schiphol Airport going smoke-free.

    Either way - do you support the idea of banning smoking in public? If yes, why? If no, why not?

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    No, smoking should be allowed without, or with few obvious restrictions
    Why? Well, cause I'm a smoker and I want to be able to smoke wherever I go. I know it's not an objective answer, but it's a honest one.

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    Yes, smoking should be banned in all public places.
    Yes, by all means. Either smoke out in the etreets (that includes a pub terrace) or in the comfort of your own home.

    I used to smoke myself (pipe and cigars) but I start to feel sick now when I am in the pub and too many people around me are lighting whatever they smoke.
    If one wants do endanger it's own health, that's fine with me, but don't bring it to bystanders who have nothing to do with it.

    No, I'd say, for the sake of public health and a healthy Germanic society: ban it from our public spaces.



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    I chose: Yes, smoking should be banned in all public places.

    I cannot stand to be around people who smoke, if you want to endanger your own health that's your choice, but don't bring it around me. I also think smoking shouldn't be allowed inside houses or cars where there are children. Even if didn't pose serious health risks I still wouldn't want to be around it seeing as it makes one smell like ass.

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    I've chosen not to smoke, and I really don't like it when my choice of not poisoning my body is ignored by smokers who indulge in their addiction in my presence. Besides, as mischak put it, smoke stinks like ass, and it makes your hair and clothes stink until you wash them :!

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    I don't like having smoke around me, but in Canada at least, it is too damned cold to expect people to stand 9 metres from the entrance of a building in -40 celsius weather to have a smoke (by law). There used to be a law that had "smoking rooms" that were ventilated (then after some building owners put them in at great cost, the law was made so no smoking inside at all). I think designated smoking areas (at least, and possibly rooms) are fine. Many of my relatives smoke and I have no problem with them lighting up. It's their choice. I don't want to be stupid about it and say that "it's my right to clean air"... it's also their right to dirty air. ^^
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    I too despise tobacco smoke and I don't see why I, as a non-smoker, should be forced to put up with the disgusting smell anywhere I go. But I think there should be places where smokers should be able to go and smoke their cigarettes too. So, I think it should be up to the owner of the building/bar/restaurant etc. That way the state wouldn't push either a pro-smoking or an anti-smoking stance on people and they would have options to choose from.

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    Yes, I believe smoking should be banned in all public places. It's not my concern if people smoke in private but in public I cannot stand the awful smell and smoke. It's poison.


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    On most counts I would say no, but I am concerned about staff who work in smokey environments. Perhaps a rule saying that face masks that filter a certain degree of particulate material must be provided to staff and staff must be allowed to wear them (not required but allowed) in buildings that allow smoking inside them.
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    I think smoking should not be allowed in buildings ran by the public administration, or in schools, hospitals, etc.

    However banning smoking in pubs, restaurants and nightclubs in going too far. No-one has to go to such places. I think in such cases it should be up to the owner of the establishment to decide: I am sure that a totally smoke-free environment would attract some customers, while allowing smoking will attract a different crowd.

    I myself don't smoke cigarettes, but like to have a nice cigar or bowl of pipe tobacco now and then, so, as you can imagine, popping out of the pub for a quick smoke to be "enjoyed" on your feet in the cold/rain/snow/sleet isn't really an option.

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