|The no smoking ban for restaurants and bars came into effect on 1 July in the Netherlands. I’m thrilled. I hate smelling someone else’s smoke when I’m eating. I hate smelling of smoke at the end of the night. Smoking makes me cry – literally; lots of smoke (think closed, cramped bars on a dark winter night) irritates my eyes. And that’s before we get to the long term effects of smoking.
It’s the long term effects of passive smoking that lead to the ban in the first place. Most people in the Netherlands have had the right to a smoke free workplace for a few years now, this law gives workers in bars and restaurants the same right.
This wall mounted ashtray is the first I’ve seen around Amsterdam. Some bars are going to extraordinary lengths to make smokers feel at home, there’s now a room spray with the smell of cigarettes. Apparently it’s good to disguise the smell of sweat and beer, because bar owners couldn’t use cedar.