Smoke break

March 2, 2007 § 9 Comments

According to yesterday’s edition of Cyberpresse, Quebec’s bars and restaurants have lost 38.5 million dollars in revenue since Bill 112 came into effect last June, triggering an industry-wide slump.  Unsurprisingly, smokers are choosing to spend the winter months elsewhere, and their barstools have yet to be filled by their non-smoking counterparts.

Forgive me, but I told you so.

Of course, I don’t need Statistics Canada to tell me what I already know.  Prior to the smoking ban, I would go out to my favourite bars, clubs, and cafés two or three times a week.  Now, I have to force myself to go out two or three times a month.  On these special occasions, I see incontrovertible evidence of the decline–empty tables, fewer staff, earlier closing times–and the cute bartender’s words start to drift back to me: “It’s hitting us hard…

(Sighs.)

On a related note, husk has returned from his month-long sabbatical and he comes bearing Art(TM).  Be sure to scroll down to the Bill Hicks quote at the end, which sums it up nicely.

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§ 9 Responses to Smoke break

  • JonasParker says:

    Maybe one day smokers will become as vocal as other minorities and be seen as victims ground under by the norms. Then things will change back to the good old days. Until then, I will enjoy the smokelessness.

  • husk says:

    That’ll never happen, it’ll just get worse from here on in. The smokelessness is one thing, Quebec’s anti-tabacco campaign is another. That was the focus of my above “warnings”. Call me a “common sense activist” if you wanna, do activists have a sense of humor? Anyone who’s dead set against smoking in general has got to ask themselves why this poisonous sh*t is sold pretty much everywhere to begin with. It’s really just a matter of time before one of my fake-warnings becomes reality (time for someone else to be the leper). Thanks for linking to my page, Vila!

  • JonasParker says:

    This shit is sold because the money is too good to pass up. I hate that this industry has that much power, and that we are such slaves to it and other bad ideas. You might say that it’s a simple matter of common sense, but if it were, there wouldn’t even be a debate about smoking, or anything else in this vein.

    None of us are free.

  • Yeah…smoking. A delicate balance between monolithic normality and death. Isn’t that what life is all about? And husk…Awesome (especially the part about the cell phones — bloody conspiracy that is), but you forgot one — “Marihuana is illegal, so it has no health warning, but if there was one, it would be something like ‘Marihuana makes you happily unproductive’ — wait, maybe that why it’s illegal…”

  • Vila H. says:

    JonasParker: Ah, it’s just like the night we first met! (Grins.) Okay, leaving aside the impassioned rhetorical jousting, let me ask you this: on average, how many nights a week do you spend in bars?

  • Vila H. says:

    husk: De rien. :-)

  • Vila H. says:

    Necromancer: Spoken like a true smoker, in both senses of the word. ;-) I’m sorry I wasn’t able to see you off the other night. I trust you journeyed safely?

  • husk says:

    Necromancer: Thanks! There are so many fake-warnings to badly photoshop — so little time!

  • Vila…I did indeed. And just in time, by the sound of it…

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