Nov 042009

Versiune în română

Bucharest is by all means a smoker’s paradise. According to some numbers I found on the web, in Romania some 45% of men and 25% of women smoke, but I wonder if the numbers are correct because it feels like the percentage is a lot higher, especially among women. Smoking is still seen as harmless and fashionable, people still think cigarettes are cool and a way to express oneself. I’ve seen many parents smoking right into the noses of their children, I’ve seen pregnant women smoke and I’ve seen doctors smoking on the hospital’s hallways. Some tourists find it really annoying, some find it liberating. Smoking is not allowed in most public places but … if the law is respected that’s another story. Since January 1st the new law regarding smoking in restaurants and cafes demands that smoking is only allowed in areas completely separated from the non-smoking section, the smoking area should not form more than 50% of the total area of the restaurant or bar, and should not be areas used for transit nor near the entrance. Restaurants and bars which have a total surface of less than 100 square meters can designate themselves as smoking or non-smoking venues and that should be clearly posted on the door. What was the result of this verbose law? Almost all restaurants in Bucharest declared themselves as “smoking establishments” just like the one in today’s photo. Posted on the door the message reads “Smoking IS permitted inside this venue”.

  5 Responses to “A city of chainsmokers”

  1. really?! the resto is actually luring the smokers inside!
    i just wish they can keep it to themselves. I hate it the when there are these "rude" smokers who would huff and puff everywhere as if you're not even there!

  2. Thanks. Now I know where to avoid.

    I do not know if there are any studies on this, but how each country has gone about the public smoking issue is a fascinating insight into the country's social habits and political culture.

  3. I am biased as a non-smoker. Here statistics here mere observation say that women smoke far more than men. Of my close friends no male smokes and almost every female does. It's not the age, because my son tell me the same of his friends…

  4. My part of Canada has been getting quite strict with smokers. No smoking in any public buildings! More young women smoke than young men. But among older people, men smoke more than women.

  5. These are bad times for smokers all over the world! That's actually good and bad at the same time. Good because I can enjoy smoke-free bars and cafés without having bad-smelling clothes afterwards. Bad because nothing seems to work anymore without a dash of new regulations. Sometimes I wonder where all the common sense has gone. What has happened to thoughtfulness and politeness? Unfortunately this is true not only for smoking.

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