|I live in California, where it's been illegal to smoke in bars for, um, I think it's almost 8 years now. I thought it was annoying when it first happened, but now I prefer it (I wasn't going to bars back then, but I'd go places to see bands play, and I was a smoker, as I still am, so I did notice). I don't want to smoke indoors with nonsmokers around. I know it doesn't get as cold here as it does there, although I am one of those people who gets cold very easily, and since I work during the night, I'm used to bundling up in the dead of winter at 4 am to go outside for a smoke. What worries me is when they start banning it in outside areas. There are towns in California where you can't smoke within 20 feet of a door, window, or air intake, which means that you not only can't smoke in a bar, but you can't just walk outside to smoke either. To actually abide by that law you'd pretty much have to leave the entire downtown area to smoke. I don't think anyone does, though. My school has a policy like that which, um, I think it's 25 feet. And I see signs that say "no smoking on science hill" which doesn't refer to a little hill but rather a large area with a lot of buildings. Most people don't abide by that, though. As long as you're not near enough to the buildings for the smoke to get in, and you're not in an area that people walk though, people don't usually say anything. I had someone tell me not to smoke in such an area once. He said he was warning me in case someone else asked me not to smoke. I don't understand why he would ask me not to smoke if he personally doesn't care, but whatever. Actually, I've found that a lot of people don't abide by the smoking policy at my school, especially the science hill part, whereas at the school that I used to go to, absolutely no one smoked in the areas where they weren't allowed to. The only places where we were allowed to smoke there were in parking lots. |
Oh, and the bar thing...there are still bars here where you can smoke. I'm pretty sure it's still illegal, but I know of a few bars where you can smoke, and I don't even go to bars very often. I guess it depends on how well enforced it is. I figure if a nonsmoker is going to hang out in one of the bars where you can smoke, then they're agreeing to put up with second hand smoke, because there are plenty of bars where they could go to not be around smoke.