why is smoking banned in public places
second-hand smoke is harmful, just like smoking is. i really feel that smoking in public places should be banned, because not only is it harming the health of smokers, but also the health of others around them. in my opinion, smoking in public places, especially places with a lot of people is a pretty selfish thing to do. i find that second hand smoke is very annoying, because everytime i walk past someone smoking, i always feel that i have to hold my breath. smoking seriously harms people's lungs, but so can second-hand smoke. ah sorry, i misspelled the title. i meant "yes of course"
The problem with designated smoking areas is not alway the public, but also the employees. What if said business doesn't have smoking employees? Say in a restaurant they have a smoking area even with ventilation. The larger the area, the larger the vent, the larger the vent the more powerful it needs to be, the more powerful it needs to be the louder it is. This would disrupt the non smokers as its just an annoying noise created to feed the poor addicts their poison. But what if we wanted to dull down the power or remove the vent all together?
Keep the area away from the non smokers sounds ok but now you're asking the waiter/waitress, busboy, manager, cleaning crew, bar tender, ect. to go through these areas to serve, clean and address customers regardless of whether they smoke or not. No a manager does not NEED to go through and would then be making it their own decision, but the other staff still needs to do their job. Asking a restaurant to hire only employees that 'dont mind' inhaling the second hand smoke is, in my opinion, far fetched and out of line. It is bad enough that smokers get to go outside every 30 minutes to smoke for 5-10 minutes while non smokers have to work work work work all day without those breaks. Now we're going to suggest that smokers get jobs over them just because smoker need to inhale their cancer sticks? Smoking ban in enclosed public spaces, the hospitality sector and at work Smoking is prohibited in hotels, caf s, bars, restaurants and catering establishments because employees have the right to work in a smoke-free environment. Following the Supreme Courtвs ruling, smoking is now banned in caf s and bars smaller than 70 m2.
Owners are expected to ban smoking on their premises. They must make sure that customers know about the ban, and enforce it. If you are the owner of a business in the hospitality sector, you must ban smoking on your premises. You can be fined if the smoking ban is violated in your business. You must remove all objects, like ashtrays, that could be taken as an invitation to smoke. No-smoking signs or stickers must be put up at the entry to your business. It is a good idea to have such signs inside, as well. If you see a customer smoking, you must ask them to stop and make sure that they do stop. The smoking ban applies at all times, even after closing time and during private parties. You may smoke in an outdoor caf, even in a covered area, provided it is completely open on one side. Your smoke may not enter the caf. A permanent structure, like a veranda, is not considered an outdoor caf and you may not smoke there. The smoking ban also applies to sidewalk caf s in an enclosed public space, such as a shopping centre. The Tobacco Act defines the smoking ban as a ban on the smoking of tobacco products.
This means non-tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, do not fall under the smoking ban because they do not contain tobacco. The smoking ban only applies to water pipes (hookahs) if they are used to smoke tobacco. Current are set out in the Temporary E-Cigarette (Commodities Act) Decree. These rules, and a number of others, will be incorporated into the Tobacco Act in the future, hopefully at the same time that the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive takes effect. Smoking is allowed in designated areas with a door that can be closed. Tobacco smoke may not spread to other parts of the building. The designated smoking area may not be a passage to other rooms or areas in the building, such as toilets or exits. Notices should be put up clearly explaining that smoking is allowed in the designated smoking area. In a caf, neither employees nor the owner may do any work in the designated smoking area. For example, they may not collect empty glasses. The smoking area may not be cleaned until after closing time. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) monitors compliance with the Tobacco Act.
NVWA inspectors regularly carry out checks of public spaces where the smoking ban applies. They also conduct inspections unannounced. Inspectors may inspect every room on the premises. At work, smoking is allowed only in designated smoking areas. Employers are not required to provide a smoking area, but they may do so if they wish. Company cars are also considered places of work. This means smoking is not allowed in lease cars and lorries, even when there are no passengers on board. The smoking ban does not apply if the car you are driving is your own and no one else ever drives it. If someone is smoking in an area where it is not allowed, the NVWA will impose a fine on the business in question for violating the smoking ban. If you are smoking somewhere where smoking is not allowed, the business owner or staff can ask you to stop. If you do not, they can call in the police. You can report a violation of the Tobacco Act to the NVWA Customer Relations Centre (KCC). The information on the KCC site is in Dutch.
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