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Smoke Free and Loving It
I am SO glad they've outlawed smoking here. Makes for a much nicer time in the pubs and restaurants.
I know everyone claims business will be lost when these bans go into effect but place after place is finding out business will expand after the initial decline.
Verboden te roken
Sinds 2004 is het verboden te roken in pubs, restauranten, en andere openbare plaatsen. Indien je dit toch doet, en betrapt wordt, kan je je aan een fixe boete verwachten (tot 3000 euro).
De meeste bars hebben daarom een groot terras buiten bijgebouwd, waar je op je gemak je sigaret kan gaan roken. Sommige van deze terassen zijn verwarmd, en hebben tafeltjes en stoelen staan.
non-smokers haven, smokers hell
The smoking ban is now well established. Good news for non-smokers!
For smokers. . . be prepared to smoke in the cold. Luckily many pubs have a beer garden with outdoor heaters, and often its where the party happens.
Just remember not to light up if you've just gotten off a plane/train or you may land yourself a fine (or a few evil looks).
Smoking in public building, work places, restaurants, hotel lobbies, pubs, etc. is banned in Irealnd since March 29, 2004, and it is enforced.
However, the rule says "smoking is forbidden in an **enclosed** place of work in Ireland", and businesses, especially pubs are getting creative to accommodate customers who are smoker. I saw many pubs have a smoking area with no roof, but with enough cover in case of rain.
Heaven for non-smokers
In Ireland smoking has been banned from restaurants and pubs for more than a year now. If you don't like the smell of smoke, (like I do), it's a very pleasant rule. No irritated eyes or waking up in the morning with the smoke-smell of last night still in your clothes.
The ban on smoking has created a new phenomenon; The beer garden. It's a place outside the pub, ofted roofed with a sunscreen and heated by gas heaters. Here you find the desperate smokers. It must cost a lot of gas, because the climate in Ireland is not always that warm.
No smoke zone!
Dublin has followed many major cities by banning smoking in public places. Even in the Winter this was ok for me. The bars often have inner courtyards which are classed as being outside and you can thertefore smoke. However, I didn't mind stepping out and chatting to people on the cobbled streets for a quick cigarette.
As in the airplane or in the Hospitals now is prohiited smoke in other places of Dublin where before 2004 you can do it as bars, restaurants or pubs. I dont know if it is good or not because drinks, music, chat and tobacco always be joint.
There is now a permanent "No Smoking" law on the entire Island of Ireland, for all public buildings, so many locals spend lots of time outside the pubs smoking.
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