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Article - The Spanish Attitude to Smoking

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Article - The Spanish Attitude to Smoking

Post Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:47 pm

Are you a smoker or non smoker?

Depending on your response to this question will really depend on your view of the implementation of the smoking ban in Spain and how you view this article on the
Spanish Attitude to Smoking

In 2009, the Spanish Minister for the Environment, Trinidad Jimenez, had enough. She announced the introduction of a full ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants. Wanting to catch up with the rest of the EU and UK when it comes to matters of public safety, she claims that 70 per cent of the Spanish public support a total ban.


I ask myself which is worse…?

Sitting next to people who smoke throughout the meal and the flow of conversation continues uninterrupted, but I have to endure their smoke?

Or

The majority of your fellow diners make a hasty exit between every course to have a cigarette; they continue the conversation outside, while you are left alone at the table twiddling your thumbs?

We would be interested to know what are your thoughts on the smoking ban in Spain?
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:53 am

Tobacco and alcohol would never be legalised if introduced today - having said that I believe that the freedom of choice should remain for both smokers and non-smokers.

It’s not beyond the wit of man to contrive compromise to satisfy both. Venues can be designated accordingly or individual venues can have areas that can be segregated by air conditioning/ventilation or partition, but this is not the issue; the issue is one of nanny state knowing what is best and fashionable in the interest of the ‘greater good’.

One would think that the last thing Spain needs right now is the inevitable proven economic downturn in its bars and restaurants that follows a smoking ban. Fatties watch out – you’re next – followed by those with a heavy carbon footprint.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:26 am

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One would think that the last thing Spain needs right now is the inevitable proven economic downturn in its bars and restaurants that follows a smoking ban. Fatties watch out – you’re next – followed by those with a heavy carbon footprint.



Twofilas..are you a smoker or non smoker??

So is the argument really, Profit V Health ??

As for Fatties...nobody died from passively watching someone eat? Laughing

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:48 am

Out of interest, I caught this yesterday on the Beeb's website:

Smoking bans 'cut heart attacks'

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/he...267523.stm


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:02 am

yes i think there should be a ban on smoking in confined public areas.
yes i smoked for 50 years and i was the first one out the door after every course to have a fag.
but i have never been one to smoke just for the sake of my next fix.
it was through smoking bans in the uk that made me cut down and just smoke at home and now that has all come to an end and my body is now smoke free.

in the uk they have just issued a report that heart attacks have dropped by about 10% since the smoking ban. so that is a good thing.

so if you can give up do it at home like sex


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:06 am

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do it at home like sex



An attractive proposition for those on 40 a day Laughing

 

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:36 pm

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As for Fatties...nobody died from passively watching someone eat? Laughing

Piglet Wink



Experts have warned that the number of fatalities caused by being overweight may soon exceed those caused by smoking. A study found that up to 400000 deaths each year in the EU are directly linked to being overweight. Most countries have not yet made any systematic effort to raise public awareness about the dangers faced by fatties. This was the situation with smoking not that many years ago – wait and watch for the banning of certain food types!

As to sex, don’t get me started on AIDS. Millions have already died and there are approximately 35 million already infected. Now the prospect of having a ban on sex is a real turn on. If you think that smokers leaving the dining table for a quick ‘fix’ is inconvenient...

 

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