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mike Meehan

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  1. I have been a slave to the weed for the past 55 years and it annoys me that a group of 'holier than thou' people should have enacted the no smoking law in its current form.
    I am by no means convinced that smoking is the sole culprit in lung disease and would suggest that the impurities discharged into the atmosphere though internal combustion engines and the like are also likely to have an important effect.
    This legislation has run roughshod over smokers - I used to enjoy visiting the pub for a pint and a social chat with friends in a calm relaxing atmosphere with a smoke but come the first winter of the ban when I had to go outside into the cold every time I wished to have a smoke became an endurance and took away all pleasure from this activity, so I stopped going.
    I appreciate that now there are many non smokers who find smoking offensive and make efforts not to smoke in their presence but it would not have taken much wit to have still allowed a segregated room or area as it was in the few years prior to this smoking ban, where we could puff in peace.
    As it is now I have been made to feel like a pariah or a second class citizen - I am not allowed to smoke in any public building - there is no longer a sanctuary in hospitals, airports and other such places.
    I suppose one solace is that I do not and have not paid the current uk rate of taxes on my appalling habit for quite some time - I buy my baccy in Spain when I go to my place in France - there it is some 4€50 for 50 grams of Condor as opposed to well over £10 here now. That's enough for nearly a week.

  2. If it's any consolation June 1815 must have been a bit soggy as well - on 18th when the Battle of Waterloo was fought the ground was very muddy, so much so that the French cannon balls just went splodge into the mud and had very little effect which helped towards the day going in our favour. :)

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