The title of this post should be considered clickbait, for its message is simply not true. Reader beware..
Although it is true that many cities in the Netherlands have been exploring the option, the local council of the University city of Groningen has recently voted for the possibility to grant organisations, public and private, the opportunity to initiate smoke free zones around their buildings, upon request.
This might sound like a fight between a libertarian perspective and that of common sense, and ..well, It’s exactly that.
The major argument being put forth in favour of this local legislation even extends beyond the smoke caused by smouldering cigarettes. The emissions of scooters, farting pedestrians and the Diesel fuelled combustion engine, are also being placed under scrutiny; of course all in the name of public health.
Now, I’m an avid smoker, and I live in Groningen, and I am directly affected by this. Then how come I actually agree with this legislative move?
It’s simple. I am addicted to smoking for a reason. Both my parents smoked, and it was in a time where a parent could give you the evil eye for even asking for the window to be opened as they lit up another one. In a small sedan, mind you. Mum smoked her Belindas as dad choked up the car with his king size cigars.
Of course.. they are both dead now.. and I barely just turned 40..
A cycle begging to be broken..
And that’s why smoking in the Netherlands in public places should be banned.. although it hasn’t, for the title was admittedly clickbait..
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