Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Freeze on Smokers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Freeze on Smokers

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Byline: By Kathy Secker

I've a hunch there are going to be some very cold smokers this winter.

The New Year is definitely going to be one in which the pressure to ban smoking in public places will grow and grow.

Already the MetroCentre and Monument Mall have bans in place and it really is just a matter of time before bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs go the same way.

As things stand, nearly all public transport is smoke-free, most offices are smoke-free and as fewer people smoke than ever before, the pressure mounts to make smoking something that only consenting adults can do in private, or in a 'designated place'.

Of course, the designated place is going to be out on the street, just outside the back door in the freezing cold and biting wind!

Worse still is when the designated place is outside the front door, then visitors have to walk through a sea of cigarette butts to enter the building.

But it seems to me that the biggest social problem in the modern mall is not the occasional stressed smoker having a quick draw between shops, it's the gangs of teenage kids bunking off school and making a boring nuisance of themselves.

And guess what? They all smoke.

You wouldn't want to take a cigarette break in a 'designated area' with any of them, would you?

I see a new ghetto emerging; pretty soon, there will one for every mall.

Enter at your peril!

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