Smoking Strictly Prohibited!
With smoking ban, India joins the vast majority of countries who have a smoking ban already in force in one form or another. In the 1990s, California became the first state in the U.S. to issue a smoking ban, and this was in restaurants. Since that time, many cities have taken up the drive to ban cigarette smoking in public locations, particularly restaurants. Interestingly, for the first time in the 30-year history of legalized gambling in Atlantic City, gamblers aren't allowed to smoke while playing the slots or table games. The Belmont City Council in California is breaking new ground with a smoking ban in multifamily buildings. In Palo Alto, you have to keep walking if you want to smoke on the side-walks. Less than one year after France imposed a nationwide ban on smoking in most public places (including hospitals, schools and offices), it will extend the ban to bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs - and the most cherished of all spaces: the café. Ireland and Italy show that countries with long-standing smoking traditions may introduce bans fairly smoothly, as they did in 2004 and 2005. In Germany, where regulations vary locally, Berlin will join France on Jan. 1 in forbidding smoking in its beloved coffee houses, as well as all other enclosed public spaces. The English smoking ban came into force on 1 July 2007. Smoking is banned in almost all enclosed public spaces, including pubs, restaurants and on public transport.
Banning what could be the world’s biggest addiction or industry is an extreme measure, so extreme positive and negative responses are normal expectations. To present it more pleasantly to people and to generate more favorable results, some countries slowly implement the ban through compromises. The government cannot altogether remove personal freedom. It can only do so much as to prevent non-smokers from suffering the ill effects of actions they did not commit. A ban on smoking in public places, or other alternative measure, might just enhance one’s awareness of the rights of other people, or improve the use of one’s freedom. It might be far-fetched to imagine smoking becoming obsolete in India, a country where 'bidi' smoking is a countrywide culture. But the smoking ban does seem to signal a cultural shift toward a more wholesome, modern and adaptable image.
Before concluding, a breaking news for smokers. The new E.cig smokes like a real cigarette and users get a shot of nicotine every time they inhale. The device even produces a cloud of water vapor with every puff, though causes no harm to non-smokers nearby. "While we are completely supportive of the smoking ban, we are still very conscious of the needs of our smoking customers”, says the selling company in U.K.