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Clearing the smoke

Today is the last weekday we non-smokers will have to walk through a heavy cloud of cigarette smoke to get into our workplace.

The city of Grand Rapids is going smoke-free starting Mon., Oct. 1.

Yeah! Yip! Yee-haw! Hooray!

I wish well to all of those who are trying to stop smoking. 
I know it can be very difficult, because I spent years with my dad who went through several fits of trying to quit.

Here's to another smoke-free city!

Now how to we convince Las Vegas and cities throughout Europe?

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rothko
Sep. 28th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
actually the tide is beginning to turn in europe, or at least the UK. when we were in bournemouth recently the big buzz was that they had just gone smoke-free.
lost_tumbleweed
Sep. 28th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
That's very good to hear.

My boss, who is from Canada, says that Canada has been smoke-free for quite some time.
liam_earthsong
Sep. 28th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know about Las Vegas, but Europe seems to be coming along. I was in Ireland, I think at the beginning of 2003, and when I returned at the end of the year, the whole country was smoke free. (Going up to Northern Ireland we still had to deal with smoke in pubs though.) Even Germany, which would have seemed pretty improbable a few years ago, is making strides: just this month Deutsche Bahn banned smoking on all trains.
lost_tumbleweed
Sep. 28th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Las Vegas may be the last place on earth to change. I only have interest in the place, because I was born and raised there.

That is great to learn about Europe coming around. That was the one thing that was difficult to live with when I was in Europe in the 1990s. Haven't been since 1998.
sckot
Sep. 28th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've heard this mentioned before, but in realistic terms, what does this mean? Banning smoking in all restaurants? Within X feet of a building?

I don't smoke, but I'm really curious how enforceable this actually is. (I'm picturing smokers banding together to smoke in secret leading rather quickly to conspiring.)
lost_tumbleweed
Sep. 30th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
It will be interesting to see how "the enforcement" plays out.

At work they've made it known that they aren't going to tolerate any smoking anywhere on the premises. Not even in personal cars in the parking lot. They added a note about "break times" and how they are going to hold employees to them strictly.

There is a smoking cessation program, but not everyone has joined it. I wonder what it's gonna be like for someone who refuses to quit and has to go -- who knows where -- to smoke.

It will be wonderful to not have to walk through that smoking zone just outside the employee entrance. Three cheers for that!
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