Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Could this be described as a "Smirting Garden"?

Dublin City Council's Latest beta Project:

Using parking spaces and underutilised roadways, Dublin City Council is testing the concept of parklets (mini-parks) by running a BetaProject outside a pub on Capel street.

I think that the Republic Of Ireland was the first place to introduce a smoking ban in the workplace (including pubs, shops and restaurants) but many businesses have managed to exploit a loophole by allowing people to smoke outside on the public footpath. Personally I do not like having my right of way blocked by smokers, smirters and associated street furniture and the fact that local councils are generating revenue by renting space to pubs and restaurants.

A few days ago I discovered a new word and it is Smirting. Smirting is the practice of smoking and flirting outside public places such as pubs, bars, caf├ęs, restaurants, and office buildings where smoking is prohibited. Smirting was first identified in New York in 2003, and spread to the Republic of Ireland in 2004 when the current aggressive smoking ban in public places was enacted. Smirting has been so successful that non-smokers try to mingle with the smirters. The non-smokers may then start to smoke too and so this is a health risk.

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