Smoking fines

A follow-up to the smoking discussion.

Starting January 2008, Berlin wants to enforce strict laws on smokers in the city. From then on smoking in restaurents and bars will be only allowed in seperate rooms where you get no service. So in order to smoke you go in the next room – or maybe outside? – and stay there with the others and then come back to your brew or Schnitzel.

Places violating the policies could be finded up to 1,000 EUR. Smokers caught could get fined up to 100 EUR.

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3 Comments so far

  1. max mey (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    i totally agree with that. like i said before, i smoke once in a while, e.g. in bars or clubs, but in a restaurant i like to eat. and i wanna enjoy what i ordered. and don’t wanna be disturbed by smoke from the neighbour table. and i don’t wanna feel uncomfortable that it’s annoying me. In those situations you get easily in a position to feel guilty that you have to ask a person to quit smoking while you eat. how absurd is that? i hate fuckin ruthless and ignorant smokers. in fact, because we have thhese guys, we now have the decisions that have been made. NON Smoking in restaurants. Really, this is the first thing i like our gay mayor for.

  2. tomas (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 4:21 am

    Sounds like a good plan. Sweden is a better place since smoking in bars and restaurants got forbidden. Feels good to come home after a night out without stinking of cigarette smoke.

  3. till (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    I see the eating argument – myself and most of my friends are polite enough to not smoke while others are eating. I can see that.

    But to ban smoking at a bar, or offering smoking in distinct rooms without service? What a load of crap.

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