Thursday, October 29, 2009

Why did "Ain't No Smoking 2nite" fail?

If you remember, there was going to be a "Non-smoking night" in Gemmayze in about 35 pubs yesterday October 28th. More here. Being a non-smoking advocate myself I asked several friends of mine about their encounters yesterday in several pubs in Gemmayze and their opinions. They said that most of them had people smoking inside although these pubs were supposed to be part of the "Ain't no smokin 2nite" campaign that was organized by Rotaract.

There were people smoking even in pub-restaurants such as Olio. You would think that they would be busy stuffing themselves instead of smoking.


A friend of mine even told me this: "There was also one pub that had a sign that said Smoking Friendly"

Another friend said only few of the pubs stuck to the campaign, one of them was Berlin. But the others allowed people to smoke.

There are several studies done around the world, in Europe and in the US, saying that banning smoking in public places has decreased the number of deaths caused by smoking! But why should we believe scientists right?

My favorite smoker's argument is this: "Why should I forbid myself from smoking, so what if I die 10 years earlier, at least I would've done something I enjoy!"

So basically, the 10 years prior to that when you have lung cancer is enjoyable?

There is a new article today suggesting that Lebanon must move to ban smoking, Syria did? Are they better than us?

What I don't understand is why do Lebanese people stick to rules abroad, but tend to be anarchists in Lebanon? And anarchist for what? For telling you not to smoke because it endangers your life and the life of the strange people that are beside you and you have no right to bother them?


Smoking bothers me as much as if someone was picking their nose or playing with their toes, so why should I be okay with them when they smoke? Bala 2arafkoun! I don't mind people smoking, I just do when it's a closed place and when I am eating, is it too much to ask for? some oxygen and to actually be able to taste the food?

Congratulations fellow Lebanese on one of your other lousy sense of humanity, logic and respect. Kudos! Ya3tikoun el 3afieh. I am glad I didn't go to Gemmayze because if I did and had found people smoking, I would've probably caused a scene.

Finally, why did those hypocrite pubs sign into this campaign if they were going to act like a cheating newly wed red-eyed husband?



Sign Petition to pass an electoral law to ban smoking in public places here.

10 comments:

  1. Why were those people allowed to smoke? The pub owners did not enforce that policy? Did the non-smokers complain about that?

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  2. According to the people who went there and visited several pubs, they noticed that the pub owners didn't mind for some reason, and some non-smokers did complain but in vain.

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  3. http://thousandreds.blogspot.com/2009/10/till-last-puff-do-us-part.html

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  4. Sad but true! Such incidents really happened but in a few places only. Being one of the organizers myself, I can confidently tell you that few participating pubs disrespected their agreement with us at the very last minute!!... Typical Lebanese behavior of not sticking to their word!!!! What a shame!

    However, most of the participating places have fully supported the initiative and smokers were asked to smoke outside!! Hard luck for your friends having such an incident but you can’t generalize on all the event being a failure! It is evident that vandalizers are everywhere! We are making a point that people do want non-smoking nights and we’re on the right track of getting there!! be sure! You can't have everything perfect from day one! We need more support from you guys, by action.

    P.S. If I were in their shoes, I would have COMPLAINED BIG TIME, MADE IT A POINT TO THE MANAGER and LEFT THE PLACE WITHOUT CONTINUING THE NIGHT THERE OR PAYING THE BILL!!! THIS LEAVES A STRONGER IMPACT AND MAKES THEM RETHINK THAT THEY WILL ALSO LOSE BUSINESS IF THEY DON’T RESPECT NON-SMOKERS!!!

    WE NEED ALL OF YOU TO TAKE ACTION ON THE SPOT!

    Cheers :))

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  5. By the way, there is a draft law about Non-smoking in public places in Lebanon and we are pushing to have it implemented. Please sign the petition for it at: http://www.stopsmokinglebanon.org/

    Some more good news are coming, several pubs which participated will make a non-smoking night WEEKLY!!! Please, join our mailing list to keep you posted WHEN & WHERE!! :)))

    You can subscribe in the contacts section of http://www.aintnosmoking.info/

    Cheers :))

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  6. Thank you for your comment, I replied to you on my other blog ;)

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  7. Hi there. Like your blog.
    I've written several articles for the Daily Star about smoking. I was out on Wednesday and saw several people openly flouting the no-smoking rules. It's a shame people are so selfish about issues that affect everyone.

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  8. Dalila you chose the right word, selfishness!

    Mail, we were wondering about the petition, it says on the website to ask for a non-smoking section in all pubs and restaurants etc... but we all know this is not effective at all, is it just to ask for a non-smoking section or to ban smoking in closed areas period? We'd vote for the second option!

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  9. Hi Liliane & thanks for the support!!

    Actually Lebanon ratified and signed the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005. The convention has a number of international control policies to reduce tobacco prevalence. Since Lebanon ratified the convention, we need to be following all the policies, such as smoke-free areas, total bans on advertising and promotion, and increase warning spaces and taxes on cig boxes... But the problem is there is a recent updated DRAFT law but it has not been approved yet and turned into a law to be implemented. So, the international policies impose AT LEAST A TOTALLY SMOKE-FREE area inside a closed public space. We're not asking more than that for now, and if this is not possible at certain places due to specific criteria, then it's their problem and the only way is to make the place totally smoke-free.

    Actually, the new updated DRAFT law in Lebanon, involves total banning of public smoking and also imposing a fine on those who violate the law. However, all of this is not set into action yet. So, our petition is kind of a lobbying force to create pressure on politicians to make that law in effect.

    Hope this have cleared up the issue and hope ALL OF YOU sign the petition to stop smoking in lebanon!! (http://www.stopsmokinglebanon.org)

    Cheers :))

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  10. Does anyone REALLY think that ANY decision is going to take its glory or anyone will abide by it?
    REALLY? well let me brainstorm one more time, Truck pipes, Seat belts, Fire extinguishers, REALLY? drinking and driving really?
    Did any of these myths live for more than one week?
    Who still thinks that these decisions arent only made to generate more money from us? ****WAKE THE F*** UP****
    If they really ''CARE'' for us let them repair the 10001 deathbeds and life threatening aspects that cost them nothing but their so called ''CARE'' and yeah, I smoke, I am a civilized smoker, I ask around if i can or can't smoke, before lighting the cigarette, listen sweetcakes, it is not the smokers' fault when they smoke in public, it's the government's fault, there is NOTHING that they can do straight, in each civilized country there are signs that people actually ABIDE by, the reason why the people do NOT abide or stick to the rules is because every new resolution has lost its credibility.
    No one will take them seriously, no one will take a street signal seriously if there is a so called ''4th grade graduate cop'' under it, who will take it seriously, and check that out, if there is no electricity there is no signal!!! more funny than ironic!
    I can go on and on and on about it but the major thing is, when a smoker disturbs you, it's his fault but from the perspective of Hurting himself or not its HIS F***ng business.

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