Smoking ban in the time of swine flu

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , ,


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People all over the world are sent home to get well or they are hospitalised due to the swine flu. It has been established that the illness is highly contagious so people who think they caught it are encouraged to avoid meeting their colleagues and friends and family members.

At the same time, smokers who are proved to have caused thousands of deaths of people who suffered from second-hand smoke can happily live their lives, unchanged.

But what is the difference between a patient who may spread the swine flu and a smoker whose bad habit will sooner or later get some people sick and seriously ill as well? I don’t see any difference.

Many countries have strict smoking bans, and they work. Other countries’ governments stick to stupid arguments why it is not possible. We have hundreds of thousands of people walking around, slowly killing their fellow citizens.

Let’s say I have lunch in a restaurant.  A group of beer friend enters, they sit down, order beers and start smoking. I approach them, start coughing and tell them I am positive I have the swine flu. They are going to tell me “Are you nuts, walking around making other people sick?”

At which point it would be my turn to say “See my f****** point?”

5 Responses to “Smoking ban in the time of swine flu”

  1. Dear Sir there has never been any significant evidence that secong hand smoke is harmful, if you look at all the epidemilogical studies ever done you will find that 6 out of 7 show no significant harm, the americans had to adjust the confidence level from the agreed epidemilogical level of 95% to 90% to make it slightly significant, there is so much money from pharmacuticals following the smoking ban lobby group that even with their vast fortunes they can not rig more than one paper out of seven.
    Look at Freedom2Choose or read Chris Snowden’s book to get some clarity on this issue.
    The smoking ban in the UK has been a disaster for creating social exclusion for many and the loss of thousands of jobs in the hospitality business.
    Please do some research before writing, choice is all that is required, smoking establishment or not, people can then choose.

  2. In Czech Republic still i can not understand how smoking isn’t banned indoors. Especially in clubs and pubs. I am thinking twice before going such places. Even if you sit just to drink one beer, 10 minutes later you smell like a trash because of heavy smokers. In some pubs they have special areas or tables for non-smokers but it’s useless as you know.
    In Turkey we solve this problem last summer. Now in all indoor places (even in airports) it’s forbidden to smoke. Pubs, clubs, cafes etc. they all respect to this law (suprisingly!). I think Czech Republic have to do the same if they think the health of their future generations. Even it has nothing to do with health (like Greg Burrows mentioned) for God’s sake, ban it indoors because of it’s awful smell!

  3. If you chose to live in Czech Republic, why you don’t accept their habits?

    • First of all i think heavy smoking is not whole Czech nations habit. Maybe you have never heard but in France for example they have a saying for heavy smokers: “He is smoking like a Turk”. Unfortunately it’s true. We have the highest number of smokers among European countries. But even in Turkey, this smoking ban for indoors works smoothly since it’s accepted.

      I have just one question;
      Where it’s written that smoking is one of Czech habits?

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