A short break from posting my holiday blogs…
From today, smoking bans have been extended to include the entrances to most government buildings, as well as outdoor dining areas.
This is all good. We’re way behind the other states on this. It’s about time non-smokers, who make up the vast majority of the population, had the right to more smoke-free places, including while eating.
This is also welcome. Until now, as I understand it, e-cigarettes were not actually banned on and around public transport.
Vapers like to claim it’s harmless. I’m not sure I believe that, but regardless, I still don’t want the fumes in my face.
Until 2014, smoking was still permitted in some parts of railway stations, and around tram and bus shelters.
It was only in 2007 that smoking was banned in pubs. It seems outlandish now, but as late as 2001, you could smoke in restaurants.
At one office job I worked at in 1998, people still smoked in the courtyard entrance, and I was told it had only been a couple of years earlier that smoking had been banned inside the office.
To coin a phrase, smokers are a dying breed. In 2015 it was down to 11.9% of Victorians, and hopefully it’ll continue to drop as it’s banned in more places.
Smoke blows around easily, and sometimes it’s difficult to walk along city streets without breathing it in. So I hope the bans will continue to spread. It’s good to see progress.
Adults may have the right to smoke, but increasingly they can’t inflict it on others. And that’s a good thing.