SUBMISSION BY VICTORIA YOUNG
I refer to the article in the current edition of 'The Ayrshire Post' dated June 18th, regarding the on-going debate concerning smoking in public places, & in which you requested the opinions of the general public.
I smoke. I do not drink. That is my choice. I have no problem with people who choose to drink. That is their choice. I would not even dream of suggesting to drinkers to move away from me in a restaurant or any other establishment because 'the smell of their alcohol makes me feel sick'. If I inadvertently walk into an establishment which smells strongly of alcohol, I leave & go elsewhere. I ensure that the places that I go to are not the ones which smell like breweries, but where fresh air circulates freely (or, as in today’s climate, the areas are sectioned) & customers who choose to drink during or after their meal can do so & considerate smokers who choose to enjoy a cigarette after their meal can do likewise & not be made to feel like a social outcast.
I feel strongly that this whole issue has now become ridiculous, with the anti-smoking lobby becoming more & more malicious in their attack on smoking. I would agree that it most probably is not 'good for you' but neither is exhaust fume, so can we expect a ban on cars in public places soon.....? Or is that being just TOO ridiculous.......
I would like to register my opinion with you that smoking in public places should NOT be banned. Common sense has to prevail in this argument - publicans & restaurants owners, if need be (& they know their customers better than anyone) can segregate smoking & non-smoking areas. It is happening now & it is working. I would therefore appeal to your sense of reason NOT to enforce an all out ban.
MRS VICTORIA YOUNG