Monday, 9 August 2010

So You Think You Will Be Able To Continue Smoking Outdoors?

On 30 June 2009, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments which states:

"4.......Develop, implement, periodically update and review comprehensive multi-sectoral national tobacco control strategies, plans and programmes which address, inter alia, the issue of protection from tobacco smoke in both public and private settings;"  (my emphais)

" obligation to provide universal protection by ensuring that all indoor public places, all indoor workplaces, all public transport and possibly other (outdoor or quasi-outdoor) public places are free from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. No exemptions are justified on the basis of health or law arguments......" (my emphasis)
On 8 July 2009, the European Commission decided to consult the European Economic and Social Committee, on a voluntary basis, under Article 262 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments. At its 457th plenary session, held on 4 and 5 November 2009 (meeting of 5 November 2009), the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the following opinion by 81 votes, to 68 against and with nine abstentions, amongst which are:
"1.4.1.Reference should be made at the end of the paragraph to‘protection from tobacco smoke in public settings frequented by children and young people’ (open air playgrounds for children, leisure venues, open-air or indoor discos, clubs, bars frequented by children or young people under 18, and other such places)." (my emphasis)

"3.1.1. Research has shown that every cigarette you smoke takes eight minutes off your life "

(On that last point, as an aside, that is eight minutes less of being an EU citizen - result! (Even Hell can't be worse than living in the EU)

Mark my words, the number of 'permissable smoking venues' is about to become somewhat truncated - or might one say 'stubbed out'? One also has to wonder what odds might be obtained from William Hill or Betfair on how long it will be before 'tobacco' is no longer a legal product?

Afterthought: I leave it to others, like Dick Puddlecote, to have a rant at the implications.


Dick Puddlecote said...

When does this 'recommendation' get passed and issued?

Witterings From Witney said...

DP, Found all this last night and spent all morning searching EU-Lex on forthcoming legislation but with no success. Also IPJ been looking without success. However, it will appear in due course as we all know.

The really worrying bit, to me, is the use of 'private settings' (at home, in front of the children?)

Gawain Towler said...

You missed this blinder
"The enforcement programme should include a toll-free telephone complaint hotline or a
similar system to encourage the public to report violations".

Oh goody

Witterings From Witney said...

Thanks for highlighting that one GT - to be honest I am 'fagged' out having spent all morning looking for the preparatory act and such like and reading all the papers I found!. The eu-lex website is a nightmare!

Gawain Towler said...

Just had an internal snurfle, it hasn't even made it to the Parliament's bureau yet. But it will.
However whilst looking for it I found this..Gulp...

Witterings From Witney said...

GT, Yup I know - posted on this last month:

13th Spitfire said...

What fucking research has shown that?! Why is that we get failed at university for not referencing correctly but the fucking EU can get away with "research has shown" - WHAT FUCKING RESEARCH ?!?!?!?!

Would it not be grand if I could write "The Molecular structure of the beehive larva was found to be hexagonal - research has shown"

(if I did write that I would academically raped by my professor)

Witterings From Witney said...


Smoking, Soros Foundation, 888 Seventh Avenue, NY 10106, 1992.

Foot of page 2 of the linked 'opinion'???

Agreed though the 'link' is not what you or I would consider a proper 'link'.