I don't understand Gracielle's comment about sidewalks and patios. Smoking IS allowed in these areas...
Come on, Chris. Sure you do. Gracielle was saying that for bars/cafés that do have sidewalk tables they can attract refugees like me unlike the ones that don't outdoor seating. That wouldn't seem fair to me if I owned a joint with no sidewalk tables.I haven't written a post on my blog about the prohibition yet...but don't think I'm not composing it in my head! I have a great deal of respect for anyone who does not want to be subjected to tobacco smoke, however (full disclosure: I'm a smoker) the subject is complex and deserving of both thought and more than the 50 some days that have yet elapsed.I do, though, know of at least one café that has gone out of biz because of the law.I also wonder if it was necessary to eliminate smoking in EVERY bar/café in Buenos Aires...at every hour...of every day.The US has many similar local ordinances...however, the exemptions are usually for smaller rather than larger establishments. The local law seems, at least at this point in my thinking, unfairly skewed to the advantage of the already rich, large establishments such as La Biela...even though their "air-tight" area is a sham.Furthermore, I see the "first of Spring" timing as being more than coincidental. I rather think that an July 31 date of enactment would have been an immediate failure.
As far as complaints go...I haven't compiled any locally yet. However, I am reminded of a recent comment from a Parisian in regard to his city's ban, "I will end my days as I began them: in the boys' room...hiding from the school principle."Another interesting angle is how this is a wholesale import from the northern hemisphere...something very porteño in itself. Question: are we the first in the southern hemisphere?Even more porteño than that: is the ban in effect within the Naval Prefecture (Puerto Madero, specifically)? The Navy has a long time record of disregard for Cap. Fed. edicts...e.g. the ban on beer sales by kioskos.
Yet another curious point...tobacco smoking is legal; is there some similar ban of the public consumption of a legal item? (Be NICE, now!)
Sincerely...I would like to protect you and see everyone like you protected from unwanted tobacco smoke. However, I put it to you nicely: was an outright, universal indoor ban necessary to do that? (I already know about tobacco shops.)Could you and yours have felt comfortable and protected with something less draconian? Lemme know...I'd appreciate your views.