From the Attic Archives.
Irish Examiner: Letters to the Editor: 14th June 2003.
Which publican will refuse to serve a smoker?
Thank God for the call for debate by the Vintners Federation of Ireland on Health Minister Michael Martin’s tomfollery as to whether informed adults can or cannot have a smoke with their pint or glass of wine.
Does the minister seriously expect any publican to refuse an adult a pint if he or she lights up?
Is he going to inspect every pub for ventilation?
I have 28 air changes per hour in my pub and dining room. Any more would seriuously interfere with ladies’ hairstyles or gents’ toupees.
Neither I nor any other adult smoker would dream of going on holiday to a country where an after-dinner citarette, cigar or pipe was declared illegal.
Even the Taliban allowed this liberty.