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> Turkey bans smoking inside, Is it banned in your hometown too?
starlagurl
post May 20 2008, 02:11 PM
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As of today, Turkey has banned smoking inside.

Part of the appeal of Turkey is going there, and smelling the hookah, perhaps even partaking in a few drags off the bong. What will become of this aspect of Turkish culture?

What do you think? Is smoking banned in your hometown? Do you like it better or worse?

Wikipedia has a pretty exhaustive list of places you can't smoke, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_smoking_bans


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post May 20 2008, 03:40 PM
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Well, I can't comment from personal experience about Turkey. Although, it does seem surprising. You would think they would at least have special places set up for people to smoke the hookahs, or something. Huh?

In general though, I'm quite happy to go indoors and not have the room filled with smoke. California has been banning smoking indoors (and in some places outdoors) for quite some time, among the first. It is now illegal to smoke in a car if anyone in the car is under 18 (in California).

In the U.S., smoking bans are decided at the city and state level, so it varies depending where you are in the country.


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post May 20 2008, 10:04 PM
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As an ex smoker I say BAN SMOKING EVERYWHERE!!!

JK!

See Kit, I'm learning the lingo.


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post May 21 2008, 02:28 AM
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what is too become of us smokers laugh.gif
Australia has smoking bans in place and they are set to get tougher i dread the day............
well hopefully i will have given up by then laugh.gif
i wasnt a fan of the smoking bans in nightclubs at first as it was annoying having to leave to have a ciggy so now i only go to places that have beer gardens bahahahahaha other than that smoking bans havent really bothered ppl except in casino's and RSL's where ppl like to play pokies and puff away other than that its a non issue.
I think we have that smoking ban in cars too that Kit mentioned or at least some states do


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post May 21 2008, 08:16 AM
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It's banned in all public buildings and places of work in UK. Even if you're a van driver you have to put up a no smoking sign in the van and not smoke there!

I think it's great as a non smoker to be able to go into a pub and not come back smelling like an ashtray. I went up to London a while ago and there were about 5x as many people smoking outside as there were people in the pub.


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post May 21 2008, 09:17 AM
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Yeah, I used to hate that too. In the 90s, when I was in high school, even at all ages shows, that you go to when you're not old enough to smoke yet, you would still come home smelling like you smoked a pack or two. So gross.


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QUOTE(mmbcross @ May 20 2008, 08:04 PM) *

JK!

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WTG, Martin!! speak_cool.gif


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post May 21 2008, 03:35 PM
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It seems like smoking has been banned here forever. i think it's great and thought so even when I was a smoker. Some of the countries that are banning or have banned smoking indoors kind of surprise me, like Turkey, but it can't be a bad thing smile.gif


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An update on Turkey's Smoking Ban.

Under the new law passed in January 2008, when smoking was banned in all government and public buildings, smoking will now be banned in all enclosed public places including restaurants and bars as of July 19 this year.

Several shops in here in Çeşme / İzmir where we live already have ‘No Smoking’ signs on their doors and we have a restaurant which has banned smoking – and enforced it recently.

In another interesting development in the South Central Anatolian region, Kayseri City Tobacco Control Commission has banned smoking at bus stops, in passages, office entrances with awnings, corridors and other shady areas. This also covers bus stops, passages, office entrances with awnings, office corridors and walls with sun shade. As part of the law, smoking is forbidden in Kayseri’s Underground Bazaar, Kazancılar and the Grand Bazaar areas.

For some time now, Izmir Airport has banned smoking in the waiting area just outside the terminal buildings.

It remains to be seen how the ban is respected – and enforced.




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