Well some bright spark has come up with a table of when smoking will die out in various countries. In the UK 21% of people smoke and they reckon we will be ciggie free by 2040. However in Greece the figure is 40% and they will be ciggie free in 2231!! I wont be around in 2231 but I bet Greeks being Greeks will be the last to pack in ciggies!
Message posted by sparkyleeds on 27 May 2011 at 6:09pm - IP Logged
Yup reckon Nigel right. Lovely taverna out in the sticks. I went outside for a ciggy and the owner came out and said it was OK for me to smoke inside. I didn't because of my UK training and deferance to my non smoking friends.
Message posted by petros63 on 11 June 2011 at 10:19pm - IP Logged
To all my Agni travel buddies, I wish once and for all the Greek government would ban smoking in restaurants, bars, hotels etc. At the moment you don't know if your inside or outside in relation to the smoking ban.
We came back from Greece on the 30th May & had a perfectly good holiday spoilt by people smoking around us whilst we were eating, mainly tourists I might add, so if they don't smoke in restaurants at home why do it in Greece?
As I am asthmatic I found I was having to go outside & leave my meal in order to get my breath again.
Anyone is entitled to smoke but lets have some clarity here, then I could make a choice at which restaurant I use.
This is not meant to upset smokers I might add but just an opinion,
Cheers Pat x
Message posted by Susanna on 11 June 2011 at 10:51pm - IP Logged
Pat, I think it is very important to complain (politely) when people smoke in restaurants. Whenever we have done so, the owners have immediately asked the smokers to put out their cigarettes and there has been no ill-feeling.
If there are no complaints, the taverna owners will presume that customers prefer to be able to smoke and gradually the whole no-smoking ban will be ignored.
Message posted by weeprincess on 12 June 2011 at 7:39am - IP Logged
I agree with Gemini43. I am also a non-smoker but most of my family and friends are and it has never bothered me. I also have asthma. Of course people have the right to chose to smoke or not and I have always respected that with no problem but I have chosen not to and yet I have no option but to inhale other peoples' smoke. Where is my right of choice there. The point again being that it needs to be clarified in bars, restaurants, etc whether you can or cant. But back to the original point of the topic - Im almost positive that the Greeks will definately be last to quit, if at all.
Message posted by kathy3 on 12 June 2011 at 11:18am - IP Logged
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 12 June 2011 at 11:28am - IP Logged
We was both smokers once... Myself not that long ago well six months and two weeks ago ..All though I smoked the thing that I hated the most was the wife smokeing..I would always tell her off as her smoke would always drift in my direction. I would say to her put you hand under the table while others are still smokeing...
Its not only the tourist that still smoke in Taverns...propberley they are seeing the locals doing it so they think they can as well. Sorry to say I blame the locals as they been doing it most of the time as it does not seem to bother them (they just light up, this is the men I am talking about).
Message posted by Scotsghirl on 12 June 2011 at 11:25pm - IP Logged
Oh is there a smoking ban in Corfu then? I wasn't aware of that. As a smoker, I actually think the smoking ban in the UK has been a very positive move. In some bars in Scotland you could hardly breath or see for the heavy smoke. I can't imagine how non-smokers must have felt in bars like that. I now smoke less as I have to go outside. I wouldn't dream of smoking in a restaurant here, so wouldn't do it abroad either. I take it that I would just go outside like we do here then to smoke?
Hi Scotsghirl, hubby and I are both smokers and since the ban in Corfu for smoking indoors was started, we both go outside, even when we've been told by owners we can still smoke inside if we want to. As you say, we wouldn't dream of smoking inside as so used to going outside, and even before the ban, we tended to go outside whether in UK or abroad. As much as I like a ciggy, have never agreed with it in restaurants, because it isn't fair on people who don't smoke. It's not really a hardship just to step outside for a minute or so, I think. We went to Paris when the ban had just come in, but the french still smoked inside and we went out and got some funny looks from them, but would rather be on the right side of the law...
Message posted by janmanessi on 13 June 2011 at 1:38pm - IP Logged
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