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Should Sporting Arenas Allow Smoking Areas?


We all know smoking related diseases kills millions around the world every year but should sporting arenas bow to popular demand and set aside smoking areas?

The smoking ban in public places became law in various parts of the United Kingdom at different periods in time, with England being the last country within Great Britain to introduce the ban, but with the pressure building from smoking lobbyists to have the law watered down should sporting arenas set aside a smoking area?

Reports from Manchester suggest nearly a hundred smokers were found at the Haye - Harrison World Boxing bout on Saturday puffing away but neither stewards nor the police, who were mingling with the smokers did anything to enforce the law and instead turned a blind eye.

Many of us who go to football stadiums are well aware of the 'no smoking policy' but there are always those who flout the law. In fact and similar to the weekends boxing match officials in the main say, 'no smoking here please' and then walk off into the distance and do nothing about it.

Another area of discussion is the demise of the British pub and depending who you listen to many believe the smoking ban is in part why nearly 900 pubs have closed every year due to the ban on smoking in public places.

Is it time we Brits followed the Dutch who will now be able to light-up again in over 2000 of the country's small owner-operated bars or pubs.

An incoming coalition government in the country has allowed the partial lifting of the ban for pubs which are less than 743.5 sq ft in size and which are staffed solely by the owner.

Prominent anti-ban campaigner Weil Maessen told The Sun...

'This is great news for small bars and the common man. Lower-class people tend to drink in these places and they were being punished.'

'Small bars have an important social function. Public health workers tell us smoking is bad for you. Well, the ban is very bad for your social and psychological health.'

'I hope that the same thing happens in the UK now.'


So I go back to my original question...

Should Sporting Arenas Allow Smoking Areas?

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 16 2010

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

Being a smoker myself in going to say a big fat YES. I agree with the ban on smoking as it is not fair to damage non smokers health, however I believe smokers should be accomodated in some way. We are not lepers, so society should stop treating us as such.
Bluedub
Anyone know if the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have smoking bans?
Tudor
I smoked heavily for over 40 years until I stopped 7 years ago. I think smoking bans are doing smokers a favour.
jackblue
Don't forget, Eastlands is currently still a Civic site and the politically correct Local Authority who excludes no-one is excluding smokers. Unless you work for them, then you can hide behind the Athletics Arena for a cheeky one. Sometimes you have to take a view. Boxing audiences are notoriously difficult ot manage and any attempt to get on their cases is usually met with some sort of attempted disorder.
pedmachine
Theres no reason why smokers should be singled out, drinkers and Fatties get there fix at football, why not smokers? It should never affect anyone elses health ie smoking near the bar etc but why not have a smoking area outside? I have to go for crafty ones in the toilet at spurs and m only a casual smoker when iv had a beer. If its that bad it should be illegal, its not so people who smoke deserve the right to be able to light up imo.
liamyid
Yes. Simple reason really, stewards never go into the toilets, so whenever you want a slash at half time there's about 12 people smoking. I smoke sometimes so it's not an issue for me, but non-smokers, kids go in there and have to put up with it. I've always been in favour of the smoking ban, but I feel smokers who crave heavily enough will find a way, which upsets people. Accommodate them and you immediately separate them from people who want no part of it.
bernio3000
i'm a non smoker who smoked from the age of 12 (!) till 30 but i say lift the ban, whoever is bothered about their clothes smelling should really be washing them anyway after a night out! Also don't believe the c**p about passive smoking, one Roy Castle does not make an orchestra. I would also campaign for the return of the pipe.
RobsonGreensleeves
I'm a smoker and used to hate coming home from a night in the pub with my clothes stinking of smoke, however in saying that the ambience of the pub is now dead. If you want a chat it normally means the majority of non-smokers are outside talking to the smokers anyway. As for the pipe idea - love it.
Tudor
Well done to Tudor and Vital City for posting this forum, without going into massive details, i survived cancer and had a triple heart bypass, spoke to many people in hospital, who had the same problems, yes i smoke, but i met many people who did not, even nurse's and doctors who smoke. If it was that bad for us why don't the government just ban it ''FULL STOP'' and the sale of all tobacco, because they reap the benefits of tax from the sale's. Pub trade has dropped, i was in Dublin when the smoking ban started, talking outside to the doorman, he said it's damaged trade and staff numbers have been reduced, but you do get to meet people outside, so that's a bonus.. Smoking area's in football grounds, well it has to be controlled, you would need ''fans'' not in the football sense, to draw the smoke out, you can't even smoke in bus stops around my area, we have been the target of this for to long, smoking when you take up your seat NO, but outside in THE WALKWAYS in provided areas YES. But it will never happen, far to much red tape to go through.
spu 4 life
Just to ask City, have you got any decent fowards you might like to sell, or how about paying over the odds for Crouch and Keane, helping us to fund NEW for OLD...:-))))
spu 4 life
Cracking comments spu 4 life. As for selling or buying strikers - Jo and RSC are yours at the right price.
Tudor
Smoking should be banned and enforced in the stadium full stop. To be honest the trip to the toilets at half time is a nightmare. People who don't have the will power to hold off the urge to smoke for a couple of hours, should really look at themselves, or consider not coming to the match if its that important to them. This may come across as harsh, but seriously, stop inflicting the habit on us people who's lungs have evolved to breathe air.
d7mcfc
Hear hear Robson, bring back the pipe. I'm going to smoke a pipe when I grow up.
Bluedub
My brother-in-law used to run a business which made pipes. Needless to say the company no longer exsists but I wonder if he has spare tucked away somewhere. Personally I've never smoked one but the more I think about it the more I want to try it.
Tudor
To an earlier question, I can confirm the Channel islands, well at least Jersey has the same smoking ban as UK
dopeeze
and it sucks might i add, although have found myself smoking less, maybe a good thing.
dopeeze
Go for it Bluedub! I'll join you but may have to consult my wife as to when the moment will be when i've reached 'grown up' status. I may be some time......
RobsonGreensleeves
 

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