Danish Smoking Ban: Day 1

Today is the big day for likers of clean air: the first day of the danish public smoking ban. That means no smoking in:

  • busses, schools and institutions
  • locations accessible to the public such as museums
  • all workplaces, with exceptions possible in one-man offices
  • indoor food serving places

In all above cases there’s the possibility of assigning designated smoking areas. Additionally, cafes and pubs smaller than 40 m2 are allowed to decide a smoking policy themselves.

Honestly, I think it sounds fair: smokers can still enjoy their habit, be it outside or in smoking areas. The big difference is, now smokers have to consider non-smokers right to fresh air, where previously non-smokers had to consider smokers right to smoke anywhere.

About damn time. Now we’ll see how this will affect Denmark.

13 thoughts on “Danish Smoking Ban: Day 1”

  1. Interestingly, in the debates on the radio, I’ve yet to hear anyone mention the effect it will have on people living near caf?’s and what not, like… say… me.

    Not only will our bedroom and living room now continually either be over-heated or smell of smoke. Take your pick. But, the noise level is bound to rise significantly from all the people in the street, smoking.

    Oh joy.

  2. lm says:

    good for you, we should wait a few more years i think – democracy rules ( or rather undemocratic race for cafe bosses incomes) will keep us from smoking ban for the time being.

    What is always appalling – now, in summer, smokers prefer to smoke inside bars or cafe rather then sit on a terrace. Buggers.

    To Michael – haha how ironic – but when hit submit – your post was first 😀

  3. Joen says:

    Not only will our bedroom and living room now continually either be over-heated or smell of smoke. Take your pick. But, the noise level is bound to rise significantly from all the people in the street, smoking.

    Well if people on the radio are anything like me (which they’re not), they wouldn’t have thought about this at all. It’s a really good point… and should be discussed!

    That said, and not to belittle the problem, I see it as a peripheral problem — sort of a problem related to the smoking ban which I believe can be solved in one way or the other, possibly by simply asking the cafe owner to ask people to walk a few meters down the street maybe.

    I’d love to hear how this goes, in a week or two… sort of an update on whether it is a problem or not.

  4. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes. Though sending people down the street would only result in someone else having the same problems 🙁

    Rikke heard somewhere that the amount of complaints over noise had risen by a factor of ten in Ireland… Which, knowing the caf? patronage, will results in considerable loss of sleep on my part 🙁

  5. Joen says:

    That really sucks. Sorry to hear it man.

  6. Thom says:

    Enjoy. It’s amazing how much nicer it is to come home not reeking of smoke every time you want to stop by a pub. While people still get away with it easily at small clubs, it’s a lot better than it was.

    And yes, they all have the option of popping outside for a quick smoke or waiting until they’re done for the evening.

  7. Karri says:

    We had the public smoking ban come into effect on March 1st here in Finland. Much like over there in Denmark, smoking isn’t permitted in restaurants/bars/workplace etc..

    People have especially been cranky about the ‘no smoking in bars’, since we Finns spend a considerable time getting boozed up, but generally it’s gone pretty well – no major riots or carbombs and the like 🙂

    I don’t mind smokers that much myself, although they do sometimes have a very low consideration for the fellow man when picking a place to light up. The best thing about the ban in my view has been that since smoking is prohibited in bars, my clothes don’t smell like a dead cat in the morning after a night out. Yey! o/

    That’s my two cents.

  8. Hurrah! Congrats Joen — can’t wait ’till we get it here ourselves.

    Michael: Sorry to hear that. Must say, I’ve never thought about that myself either.

    Kerri: Death to dead cats!

  9. Henrik Lied says:

    Ah, thank god! Brenderiet in Houvig was just plain horrible because of all the smoke when I visited last month. Thankfully it’ll be better next year.

  10. Joen says:

    It’s actually a pity I haven’t had time to enjoy the state of things yet. I hope to this weekend.

  11. Saul says:

    Ah, how Europe has changed.

  12. Saul says:

    I was thinking of another word, actually. 😉

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