This isn't a political statement. Just some facts.
As many of you know, France just passed a ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants. A survey shows that 70% of its citizens approve of this ban. This figure sounds about right to me. When Florida citizens voted on a statewide ban, it passed by a landslide of 70%.
Stange, but I am continually reading/hearing complaints by smokers about their rights. So I decided to look for articles on smoking bans and, to my surprise, most countries have such laws.
In 2004, Ireland became the first European country to introduce a comprehensive ban in all workplaces, including pubs and restaurants. Sweden, Italy, Norway and Malta soon followed. In Sweden, smoking was banned in restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs in 2005. In 2006 Britain voted by a huge margin to ban smoking in pubs, restaurants, factories and other indoor public spaces.
Throughout Brazil smoking has been banned in most public areas including airports, government offices, rest rooms, banks, hospitals, supermarkets, shopping centers and malls. Chile bans smoking in schools, hospitals, government offices, shopping centres, supermarkets, pharmacies, airports, buses, subway networks and other public places. Many countries like Greece, which has the highest concentration of chain smokers in Western Europe, have strict bans, although smokers around the globe have been battling smoking bans for years. I googled Turkey, but all I got was a bunch of recipes! lol
The list goes on and on and on. Some countries allow smoking in designated areas in restaurants and others allow the province or state to decide on specific regulations.
So to those of you who keep complaining that this is a government conspiracy to control us, I guess it would have to be a worldwide plot. Maybe it's because secondhand smoke has been scientifically proven to cause cancer and other diseases. Could it also be because young children, whose lungs are still developing, are at increased risk for ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies and asthma?