Isle of Man Candy

{J f, 2006}   Ban the butt!

It seems that folks on this Island are coming in the 21st Century way of thinking about smoking ( aka smogging, yuck!)  Pubs and restaurants still allow smoking despite non-smokers being in the majority.  I mean really,  the owners of pubs that let people pollute our lungs as we eat or drink should have to pay our cleaning to get the disgusting stench of our cool (expensive) togs.

While politicans debate legislation and government launches a public awareness campaign, it's up to proprietors to decided what's best for their customers.  That's why The Welbeck Hotel in Douglas went smoke free in January.  They did a survey recently and 43 percent of guests supported the smoking ban, and only three percent were against it.  (The rest had no comment). What a great example The Welbeck is setting for the rest of Douglas.  Three cheers!

Red says:

I CANNOT wait for the smoking ban to come into force all over England. It will be so much nicer to go out and be able to enjoy your food or a drink without some inconsiderate ass puffing next to you.

I’m surprised that Tony Blair is taking his sweet time with this. What is he afraid of? Even Italy, which is usually a bit behind with these things, implemented a ban on smoking in public places, like, two years ago.

Trixie says:

Coming from the Washington, DC area of the US, I am also looking forward to the smoking ban to come into full force here on the Isle. When living in the States it was nice to know that I could enjoy my dinner and not have to worry about if the poeple at the next table were going to light up. I applaud The Welbeck Hotel for taking the lead in this. Here here.

The photo you planted probably seems disgusting (and smelly) to most, but I’ll disagree. It makes me think of a night well spent with smoke alikes.. I won’t argue that smoking is a choice and a right. Instead, let me paraphrase my standpoint this way:

Let’s say I smoke a lot and you hate me solely on that basis. Does that reveal more about me, or more about you?

Candy says:

Ned, did I say anything about hating smokers? No. There are some smokers I love. It’s just the smell is icky and gets in my clothes. It costs a fortune to dry clean nice things. Why can’t smokers use there tobacco at home not pollute the rest of us?

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