Last Chance to Smoke

Sure, we’ve blogged and blogged about it, but the smoking ban is finally here.

Tonight is your last chance to smoke in a licensed venue. Though it’s a little unclear to me how it’s going to work. Are bars just going to stop you from lighting up after midnight? Bar Open seems to have interpreted it as last night being the last night. At least that’s what I got from the sign they’d posted – then again, I may have been a bit impaired.

So, it may be a cruel trick on some of you smokers that the ban kicked in last night. Sorry to gloat, but my clothes won’t smell like smoke anymore. And Melbourne’s climate is pretty mild – you could be in NYC in winter, shivering with your fellow smokers in a couple inches of snow. Or in St. Paul, MN, where they probably have to dig each individual out of a snow drift.

The good news? According to word of mouth, and maybe an actual study I’m too lazy to find, the ban improved the love lives of smokers in NYC. Since they had to go outside with people with whom they already had something in common (and something to bitch about), the quiet outside the bar gave smokers a chance to meet and talk. And have lots more sex than non-smokers, according to lore (and previously mentioned possible study).

So, smokers – you may have to light up outside, but use this opportunity to chat up your fellow banishees. You can have all the sex you want as long as my clothes and hair smell nice in the morning.

4 Comments so far

  1. Darren (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    Apparently smoking causes the brain to release hormones that lowers the social inhibitors, encouraging socialising and contributing to the rise of the people we call “social smokers”.

  2. Brie (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    And apparently “sexing smokers”. Hurrah.

  3. dissembly (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

    I think all social activity causes the brain to release hormones that lower the social inhibitors… except its probably even more complex than that.

    As a biology student i am wary of all such claims. You would be amazed at the kind of trashy research that actually gets into scientific journals, and probably less amazed at the incredible extent to which any scientific claim is warped and distorted as soon as a journalist looks in it’s direction.

    I can’t wait to see what smoke-free clubs are like!

    Cigarrettes are like, one of *the* main down-sides to going out, but i never really considered what it would be like not having to worry about your hair/pillow/clothes smelling bad for a week.

  4. Snoskred (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    When will they ban alcohol? ;)

    I went to a club last night and those smokers were smoking up a storm.. :) I hate the smell in the clothes after a night out. I wonder if moving it outside will actually change anything though.


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