Reading Blinkymummy’s post (is there an echo chamber in here or what?!) about the upcoming smoking restrictions to be enforced in Singapore prompted me to outline the restrictions that are already in place in Western Australia (sourced from Australian Council on Smoking & Health):
- No smoking in restaurants, cafes (except their alfresco areas) and at the Burswood Casino (excluding the International Room)
- Pubs/Clubs: smoking prohibited within one metre of the bar (enforcement varies across clubs – those with higher “ethnic” clientele tend to be very relaxed about it). This basically means that you can smoke in the club but not within one metre of the bar.
This will change very soon:
- Smoking would be limited to one room only in any licensed premises (pubs/clubs) by November 1, 2005
- A total smoking ban in all enclosed public places would be in place by July 2006 – yes this means what it means. Smoking is not allowed in any buildings, not even in a separate enclosed room with a big-ass exhaust vent sucking the smoke out.
What does this mean for smokers? This basically confines them to their homes or outdoor areas, eg. alfresco areas of cafes and restaurants, parks & beaches. However, city councils are currently looking at banning smoking in public outdoor areas completely because of the butt-littering problem. And most restaurants already do not allow smoking in their alfresco areas and that number will only increase.
So ultimately what are you left with? Your home. But if you are a high-roller who smokes, you can make your way into the International Room at the Burswood Casino because rich gamblers are treated differently from you and I. 😉