From the 1st of July 2007 Smoking inside public places (that are enclosed) and the work place will be banned. This means, no smoking on public transport, indoor smoking rooms for staff will no longer be allowed. Smoking in the privacy of your own home will be permitted (Unless you work from home with a person other than yourself in the home who works with you). Smoking in the privacy of your own car is ok, though I’m not sure if you can light up if you have a work colleague in the car. That’s the basics of it. Here’s a link if you want to read more: Smoke Free England.
I’ve been in two minds about this subject ever since it was proposed. The reason why was Government interference in our lives again. Now, I do not smoke, I really detest it, it smells horrible, tastes horrible and not to mention horribly poisonous! Sorry to all my smoking space friends but you all look like fools when you stand there with your cig in between your fingers and then put it in your mouth, it really astounds me intelligent people put this in their bodies! It’s the way they put it in their body like it’s a natural thing they need, like eating or drinking. I know it’s addictive, but it’s also very poisonous, surely common sence must kick in? Anyway, you all know I can’t stand it! But when the ban was proposed I didn’t like the idea of it at all. It just seemed the Government was telling people when and where they can do something just because of the pressure from the anti-smoking groups.
Surely there could have been a partial ban? Why not have separate buildings for smokers and non-smokers? I can understand stopping it in work places where other non-smoking workers are, that’s ok, but if smokers want to smoke and cough up sputum and blood all over each other in a smokers pub, club or restaurant… then why not? Why does every enclosed building have to be smoke free? Why not just make some premises illegal to smoke in, and if any smart ass breaks the law by lighting up to be awkward, then fine him/her on the spot and kick them out? I think that if a person doesn’t want to be in a room full of smokers, then they should have an option to go else where and do so. I also think smokers should be allowed to enjoy a pint or a meal in the same way.
Either way, I think this ban is just going to be ignored, after all, people already ignore the no smoking signs in certain places today! On public transport around Salford and Manchester, there are numerous no smoking signs and also numerous smokers, smoking! Numerous dimps and numerous annoyed people, I’m lucky, when ever I use my local bus, I stand at the very front and the smokers usually sit at the back and I only get a whiff of it. But, if you dare ask somebody to put their cig out, you are in for trouble! Actually, you better prepair to take your life in your hands if you do. Most people do not smoke on the bus, most people with respect for the people around them don’t, but there is always some big-headed student or track suit wearing pleb that does just because they think they can, or for an argument.
At my local hospital, there are clearly designated smoking shelters for all the smokers, yet they still stand outside the boxes and smoke all over the place. Then again, the shelters are full of spit all over the windows from smokers. There’s another thing that bewilders me at the entrances and exits at my local hospital, the amount of people with oxygen masks on who are struggling to breath as it us, smoking and then putting their masks back on after every puff they take! I’ve never seen anything more pointless in my short life! Maybe this new law will stop them from doing this, then again, they’ll find away around it. Just like the politicians are planning to do! Yet another example of “Do as I say, not as I do” from our beloved leaders! The assholes in Westminster are planning to ignore their own ban and smoke in their offices. Why? Because they do soooooo much hard work! Which is a complete joke in itself. Let’s hope one of the first people to get done for breaking the ban is one of the twats with double standards down in Westminster!
Anyway, I think this ban will be broke in many places all over the country especially in the halls of Westminster, which makes it pretty much pointless, but a minor source of income for the Government, after all, they will be making some money off this scheme wont they?
One more point before I go, if the anti-smoking groups are that concerned about our health and the quality of air we breath, then why don’t they lecture the Government about the amount of exhaust emissions cars give off? Car exhausts contain a range of toxic substances that can have a serious impact on health. It is estimated that air pollution – of which vehicle emissions are the major contributor – is responsible for 24,000 premature deaths in the UK every year. I know it doesn’t compare to the 86,500 smokers who die every year, but to be honest, I think the car emissions play a big part in that to. I think there is a little matter of big business and money involved here, that is why the Government will not slap a ban on car emissions! I’m not talking carbon emissions here, I mean the poisons that cars emit. Double standards again!
While we’re on the subject of smoking, I want to urge all my space friends or anybody who’s passing by to stop smoking! Take a look at the pictures I have posted in my photo album if you already haven’t. So just think about it, is it worth it?