Having just returned from the Emerald Isle myself it is wonderful to know that the cigarette ban has had very positive effects in such a short time.
Having just returned from the Emerald Isle myself it is wonderful to know that the cigarette ban has had very positive effects in such a short time. I must admit that when I first heard of the ban I laughed to myself thinking that this would start another civil war of which Ireland has seen quite a few. But the stick was put firmly in the sand and if you wanted to smoke you had to go outside, no ifs, ands and definitely no butts.
In the past two weeks it was a joy to be able to sit in a restaurant and not smell a trace of tobacco smoke. It was wonderful not to have my clothes reeking of stale smoke. Looking around me I noticed that the Irish had taken it pretty much in stride. Many I met had used it as the reason to quit entirely while others simply took to the outdoors to smoke.
In the same way as the US, the price of cigarettes was astronomical in Ireland, but that rarely succeeds in getting folks to quit. The only bad part of the evening out was having to make your way through the smokers congregating outside each establishment. In the future I hope they will adopt the same smoking method shown in the movie "Total Recall" People simply had a glass bowl over their heads and could smoke all they wanted within the bowl. Ah well perhaps next year.
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