Friday, October 13, 2006

Fancy a cigarette ?

I recently went to Dublin and the no-smoking law in pubs meant that they were all pleasant places to sit without your clothes smelling when you got home. If people wanted to smoke they had to go outside. As someone once said: "having smoking and no-smoking areas of a bus / restaurant is like having weeing / no weeing sections in a swimming pool"...(or something like that)
But as Svalbard is subject to Norwegian law, the no-smoking law in pubs that applies in the rest of Norway also applies there.
The only difference is that if you step outside a pub in Dublin you're not likely to be attacked by a Polar Bear or get frostbite.
There's a useful article from 2004 on this story on the BBC News website.

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