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Dense air due to no smoking

Those walking the streets of the United States can observe truly bizarre scenes in some restaurants: In the middle of the front door, two dozen guests stand upside down with messy body contours, darkening the interior of the restaurant like a hobby cave. A new attempt at a world record? Not at all, because this is not a Guinness book, but a Guinness beer – and a good old cigarette: smoking is forbidden inside, it is not allowed to drink outside. The result of this well-thought-out prevention policy: one stands in the middle of the entrance to the restaurant and extends both hands as far away from the body as possible – in one hand Glimmerstängel, in the other, good barley juice. But who thinks such a thing is possible only in a land of unlimited possibilities, he must turn his attention only to the South German Swabian countries where Social Minister Manne Lucha is now fighting in the same senseless comma …

He not only wants to ban smoking indoors, but also in pubs, sidewalk cafes, markets, discos and wherever people want to relax in a social setting. The fact that smoking is fundamentally questionable is also out of the question for (fairly mature) smokers, but such solutions are simply a past problem and will not make any smoker smoke. On the contrary, they are inflicted only by many other people, in particular the innkeepers, and therefore the entire industry that creates millions of jobs.

Excessive intimidation? In neighboring Bavaria a ban on smoking in restaurants, but everyone accepted it or not? Maybe in the pubs that survived this decision. But those exploring the old city of Augsburg, for example, can only speculate on the facades where two decades ago there was a flourishing gastronomic culture. Admittedly, many others profit from such smoking bans: heater makers, quarreling neighbors, patrons of folk festivals. Bavarian security hardly needs more "in" the brand, but much more "out" than a big break.

Conclusion: With such laws, the guest will never stop being a smoker. The guest will stop being a guest. And at a time when alarming cafes are dying, a strict ban on smoking is certainly not a bad way to bring politicians to a logical conclusion. One likes to remember cabaret artist Hape Kerkeling when he said, "Last time, in the middle of the service, a fagot started! I almost dropped a beer out of hand …"