Sunday, May 16, 2004

SMOKING BAN IN SWEDEN ON 06/01/05

Freedom of choice has been crushed in Sweden. A proposal of a ban by the government has received support by a majority of the members in a committee with the name "Health and Welfare." You will not be able to smoke freely at a restaurant on June 1, 2005. If you have to smoke, you will be asked to sit in a separate room without any food or drinks. The intention of the new ban is to "create" a "smoke-free working environment" for the restaurant workers, according to Kicki Moeler (Social Democrat), a spokeswoman for Health Minister Morgan Johansson. The National Institute of Public Health has come to the conclusion that there is no economic loss from a smoking ban. If you are interested in this topic, read Henrik Hammar's (School of Economics and Commercial Law, University of Gothenburg) paper, Restaurant Owners Perceptions of Effects of a Smoking Ban (2001).

The British government is following the steps of the Mayor of NYC...

As a preparation for my trip to America, I would appreciate if my readers would give me tips on places to enjoy good food, drinks, and cigars!