No smoking – no business from me

Monday, April 23, 2007 at 0:35 | Posted in Estonia, Finland, smoking | 2 Comments
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Mocca and cigarettes go together, says Günter Hawelka who runs the famous Café Havelka in Vienna. His 97 year old father Leopold Havelka, the founder of the café, says that a quest who comes in just wants to mind his own business and smoke a cigarette with a cup of coffee. According to father and son Havelka, smoking in a café is a great tradition in Vienna which politicians should not put their nose in. Café Havelka is not going to obey a smoking ban if such is going to be imposed.

I am a heavy smoker but I regard myself as a considerate smoker. I do not expose somebody to smoke who obviously feels sick about it. But I would not stay in a pub or a café if smoking were banned.

A general ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and cafés is going to take effect in a couple of months both in Finland and Estonia. I feel sorry for the people running those establishments. I hope that some non smokers are going to bring them additional business. But as soon as the ban takes effect, I am only going to stay in outdoor tables. Unfortunately, that is possible in this climate only a few months of each year.

via Christian in Vienna

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  1. The owner of my favorite pub is going to close the pub right on the day when german law forbids smoking. And exactly one hour later he will open a non-public “smokers-club”. Anual fee is 10 €-cent. Non-Smokers are allowed 😉

  2. That would unfortunately not work here because the club would not be granted license to serve alcoholic beverages. I wish good luck and all success to your local smokers’ club. 😉


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