Smokers Rights Party?
Tasmanian starts smokers' rights party
9:37 AM January 15
A disgruntled Tasmanian is so disgruntled with the new state laws banning smoking in pubs, he is setting up his own political party to lobby for smokers' rights.
The laws have left many Tasmanian pubs experiencing a significant downturn in business.
Dover resident Andy Devine, 65, has been smoking 50 cigarettes a day for 50 years.
He says the new laws, which came into effect on January 1, are unfair.
"Smoking and beer in pubs have always gone together and will always continue to go together," he said.
Mr Devine has advertised for other unhappy smokers to join him in forming a new smokers' party to stand up for smokers rights at the next state election.
"It's quite easy for a hotel to put in an air-conditioned room for the smokers and not have us all outside like a herd of cattle, which is our primary objection," he said.
"Imagine having a beer outside in the middle of winter when it's howling at 30 or 40 knots and about eight degrees."
Australian Hotels Association spokesman Daniel Hanna says not only the patrons are feeling the impact of the new laws.
"We're finding now that some country pubs are already seeing a reduction in trade of up to around 30 per cent," he said.
Mr Hanna says air-conditioned smoking rooms in pubs and clubs would not reduce the health risks for other patrons and employees.
What a joke. When are people going to get it through their thick heads that smoking is NOT a right- it's a filthy habit infringing on the rights of others. But of course, we'll see misguided "libertarians" jump on the pro-smoking cause!
I'd take the Vampire in Montana over these tits.