Via the Pub Curmudgeon’s Twitter incarnation (@oldmudgie) is the news that the ‘popular’ smoking ban is actually only popular with a minority of killjoy pursed-rectums and mindless sockpuppets. Most people, not just smokers, support the provision of smoking rooms in pubs.
51% support the idea. Smokers account for 20-25% of the population. We have allies, folks. Maybe they see that it’s not just smoking in the crosshairs of the Righteous.
It used to be that way, long ago. Some very old pubs still have ‘smoke room’ and ‘snug’ etched on the windows. Now that most are open-plan it’s not so easy to change back but hey, pubs, I used to spend a lot of time and money in you in my youth. I might still be doing that if you hadn’t decided to throw me out. Now I visit a pub maybe once or twice a year and I don’t stay long. we’ve had a Wetherspoons in town for about five years. I’ve never been inside.
The article suggests that many of the remaining pub owners do indeed recognise that banning their core custom wasn’t a smart move. Smoking and drinking go together for a lot of people and the Healthies who don’t smoke… also don’t drink. So that idea that the pubs would fill with people who hate smoking was a non-starter from the outset. Those people hate drinking too. Surely someone other than the smokers realised that? CAMRA didn’t. They just wanted their beards free of other people’s inferior smoke. Well, those beards are smokefree now. Largely pubfree too. You did that, CAMRA. Can’t blame the smokers now. You helped ban us all from pubs eight years ago.
It’s just in a local paper so far, but word is getting out. That smoking ban was only ever a business-killer. We didn’t stop smoking or drinking. We just stopped doing either of them in pubs. The ‘supermarkets are cheaper’ shit was silly. Supermarket booze was always cheaper. In pubs, you weren’t just paying for the booze. You were paying for the ambience. Destroy the ambience and there’s no point any more.
Will we come back to the smoking rooms, if it happens? I’m not sure. Those who turned 18 eight years ago have never experienced smoking in a pub. Some have never even experienced smoking indoors. They might not take to it. We oldies have Smoky-Drinky and shead-pubs now. We are also still smarting over the pub industry’s insistence on extending the ban to private clubs so they were totally screwed too. We cannot have a smoke club staffed with smokers and only smokers as members so no non-smoker can possibly be harmed. You did that to us, pub industry. We do not see you as a friend.
I don’t think I care if pubs have a smoking room now. Sod them. They haven’t wanted my business for nearly a decade and they were instrumental in making sure I could not set up a proper smoke club. I really don’t think a smoke version of apartheid will be of any interest to me now.
Repeal the smoking ban entirely, defund the antismoker groups or I am not interested. No compromise.
What’s that, antismokers? I just want it all?
Well why not? It’s only the same as what you want.