"Sometimes it's like stepping out into a mist," complains Barbara Harpham, national director of Heart Research UK and a strong advocate of the anti-smoking laws.Just yer average impartial pub-goer, then.
"The majority of people don't like smoking but when they go outside it's imposed on them."Imposed on them in the sense that they are strong-armed to the pub against their will, before being whipped with a cat o' nine tails out of the legislated safety of the plush interior into the smoke-filled danger of the garden. Doesn't your heart just bleed?
It's a situation that frustrates those who would rather dine or drink in unpolluted fresh air.I bet you're welling up by now, aren't you?
"If people want to smoke outdoors they should be able to, but you don't want kids going where there are people smoking," says Harpham.Because there are simply no other places for a poor obsessive anti-smoker to take kids in the summer except a pub beer garden, of course.
As a result, she says, families are often deterred from visiting pub gardens or dining outdoors lest those on adjacent tables set a bad example.Never heard of a blindfold?
Her solution is for outdoor smoking and non-smoking areas.Who can say fairer than that, eh? Just a small concession. Even though one could argue we have had legally defined smoking and non-smoking areas for six years now, otherwise known as outdoors and in-fucking-doors!
I was so emotionally moved by this heart-rending account that I took to Twitter to express sympathy.
Never stop fucking whining, do they? http://t.co/cTiEH4aiyD
— Dick Puddlecote (@Dick_Puddlecote) August 8, 2013
Or, as the Daily Mash put it today.
Non-smokers told to shut up and stop being so utterly patheticWell, quite.