I put a comment on my Facebook about being in Berlin and getting reminded of how being in a room full of fag smoke was pretty rough. The Germans banned smoking but everyone seems to have carried on regardless. If my clothes smelt that bad; what were my lungs like!
The comment sparked a big Facebook debate with both pro and anti smoking making decent points so I thought I would add my side of the story.
I’m not anti smoking, I’m not anti drugs. I think all drugs should legalized the same as cigarettes and alcohol are. Legalization plus eduction and maybe an admittance that, yes drugs do fuck you up but they can make you feel great or different.
If you want to smoke that’s up to you. Everyone must know by now how bad it is for you in a thousand different ways but if you enjoy the buzz then enjoy it. This blog is not telling people not to smoke, it’s your choice.
What I hated was being in a smoky room, a tricky situation if you play in a band to avoid. All that smoke and all that passive smoking…. breathe in and get a lung full and you don’t even get the mini buzz of the smoker.
The banning of smoking was a tricky compromise and one that just about works. I think the word banning may have been a bit too emotive, it was more like the smokers had been politely asked to smoke outside and the great thing about the British is that they did just that. As a non smoker I appreciate all the smokers going outside for a smoke. That’s the smokers being polite. We appreciate it’s a pain in the arse for them and thank them for being cool about this unless they were are stuck in some horrible bar with a bunch of people they would rather swerve and would rather go out in the wind and the rain.
The has to be some sort of compromise, some people say have a smoking room in a pub, would that work? Would the non smoking members of the bar staff have to work in there? Would this be impractical or the same as those outdoor smoking areas with roofs on them?
I’m not sure if the smoking ban can be blamed for closing all the pubs – that could be put down to the supermarkets selling cheap booze. I feel sad when I see old boozers boarded up, another chip away at the old communities.
What do you reckon? Allow smoking in pubs again? Legalise all drugs?