Getting back to the point - just read in our local paper here in Rockingham WA that they are looking at banning smoking 1.5m away from the outside walls of restaurants that have outside tables which means smokers will have to sit on the roadside (if there is any space). This is apparently a safety issue for pedestrians passing along the pavement. One of the restaurants we go to on a regular basis has about 4 tables alongside the wall then there is a space for pedestrians to walk through and a further 3 tables at the kerbside. This will mean that they will lose trade at the 4 tables as the outside ones are the only ones you can smoke at. I have just given smoking up (again) as I have high cholesterol and can't take statins to reduce it so it is going to be diet and exercise for me. However, my husband still smokes and this new law restricts his pleasure even further.
We have just come back from a trip to the UK and for him, going to the pub in the UK is no longer a pleasure so he (and I am certain, thousands of others who regularly visited the pub on a daily basis for a pint, a read of the daily paper and a ciggy at lunch time) now just drink at home. Pubs must be closing down at a fast rate despite what the government and press like to tell us.