October 01, 2006


This makes absolutely no sense to me. It's ok to sit and smoke weed in coffee shops and cops will look the other way regarding other drugs, but now the Netherlands wants to initiate a smoking ban? WTF? Weed is ok, ciggies are bad. (Health wise, this is true, however this shows how hypocritical the Netherlands government is) Like I've said many times before, they change the rules when they want to suit their own purpose.

(Source)--The heat is on! The Dutch government fired the first shot in a new war on 1 January when tough new anti-smoking measures came into force. But the humble cigarette is not going out without a fight, writes Cormac Mac Ruairi. "Smokers are an easy-going folk, but if they begin to see that it is almost impossible to smoke anywhere, they are going to hit back," warned one opponent of the anti-smoking measures last year.

Taking part in an internet discussion forum run by Dutch broadcaster NCRV, the pro-smoker warned that: "The first signs are here already: I have heard of a company director who is no longer going to hire smokers, because such people could drag the entire company down in disaster." Citing the seeming inability of the Dutch government to prevail against drug offenders, the writer proposed the estimated 31 percent of the population who smoke use similar strong-arm tactics to assert their rights to enjoy the "cancer stick".

"Everywhere, continually, in every workplace, at the same time, all anti-smoking regulations should be ignored. That would mean six million smokers, each smoking 20 cigarettes daily, committing more than one billion misdemeanours a day. You would have to be brave to try and tackle that."

The Dutch government has indeed been talking tough in recent years when it comes to combating smoking and the problem of passive, or second-hand smoke in particular. Championed by former health minister Els Borst, who was named non-smoker of the year in 2003, the latest smoking legislation came into affect on 17 June 2002. Several measures came into force straight away, such as the ban on promotional, free giveaway of cigarettes and smoking in airplanes (already banned by many airlines) was prohibited by law.

But as a result of lobbying by interest groups and for administrative reasons, other facets of the law took affect later. The idea was that the screw would gradually tighten to reduce the high level of smoking in Dutch society. (The Netherlands is in the premier league of smoking when compared to the US rate of 20 percent, 24 percent in France and 25 percent in Belgium.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Aruban Boycott will excel 1,000,000 requests before November 1, as predicted by a China international languages university website. The website is not prohibited since it is not anti-government. Its contents are about anti-corruptions against companies and government employees involved in the rape drugs trade and child porn industries. Sometimes the China website referenced to the Aruban Boycott. Holland has been critized for its extremely unfair and unbalanced treatment of their own law abiding citizens. The Chinese smokers love the American brands for their wild west Marbolo taste. They don't like the Dutch chocolate flavored biggies. They said WTF is that.