Smoking ban in British waters
August 9, 2008
Ships travelling in British waters face a complete smoking ban in 2009 as P&O; cuts back on lighting up
SHIPS travelling in British waters face a complete smoking ban next year. The Department for Transport is considering banning smoking inside vessels within 12 miles (19km) of the British coast. The move would mean that smokers could light up for only 17 of the 29 miles between Dover and Calais.
William Gibbons, director of the Passenger Shipping Association, said that annoucements would be made to let passengers know when smoking was permitted. “The rules will apply to all ships, whatever the flag,” he said.
P&O; Cruises is the latest cruise line to ban smoking inside three of its ships – the Oceana, Ventura and Artemis. Passengers will be allowed to light up only in designated outside areas or on private balconies. A spokesman said: “We do not believe we will lose passengers. We hope that becoming smoke free will [create] a more pleasant environment.”
A survey by Cruise.co.uk recently found that two thirds of respondents preferred a total ban on onboard smoking. However, a spokesman for the pro-smoking group Forest said that the move was “part of the extremist health campaigners’ agenda”…..
Dear Editor,?? Rule Britannia!
Your August 9th story, “Smoking Ban in British Waters,” notes that “Ships travelling in British waters face a complete smoking ban next year.” and quotes the? director of the Passenger Shipping Association as saying, “The rules will apply to all ships, whatever the flag.”
As an American who might travel in those waters, I am curious.? Will the Royal Navy first fire a shot over the bow as a warning or will they simply sink the smoking offenders on sight?
I am afraid that the psychotic fringe that has taken over the British antismoking movements has finally dragged the government as a whole to join them in their smoke-free dance in the daisy fields of insanity.? They have forgotten one of the primary rules of psychotherapy: you do NOT join in the dance… it only makes the psychopaths more dangerous.? The near destruction of the British pub has been only an appetizer.? Your homes (and, as you can see, even your floating homes) are the next target.
Michael J. McFadden
Author of Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains
Mid-Atlantic Director, Citizens Freedom Alliance, Inc.
Director, Pennsylvania Smokers’ Action Network (PASAN)