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Posted By: Joybell
03-Apr-04 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: DDay for smoking ban in Ireland
Subject: RE: DDay for smoking ban in Ireland
McGrath is quite right, the idea of smoking being a "right" is a 20th century idea. Here in Australia it was the great George Coppin (himself a smoker) who made his theatres non smoking. He made the point that it was because of the discomfort caused to non-smokers and not because of the fire danger, although some theatre owners used the threat of fire to enforce bans on smoking. A few people grumbled but the idea caught on and Australian theatres have always been smoke free.
Actually smoking has never been "a right". Breathing is a "right". Joy