Unintended benefit of smoking bans

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Regulations banning smoking in restaurants were designed to protect the health of nonsmokers.

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“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#1 Jul 13, 2008
Here's an unintended, and I am sure one that induces fury in anti smokers, consequence of smoking bans.
‘It’s called smirting, and it’s almost certainly coming to a smoking zone near you soon … If you think you’ve already smirted because you stand in the office car park three times a day sharing smoke breaks with Eric from accounts, think again.… Smirting brings you into contact with a far greater variety of people than shuffling about on a dancefloor ever could …’
(The Sunday Times, 26th February 2006)

‘Outcast “smirters” have a new way to find light of their lives …’
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 18th April 2004)

Smoking might damage your health, but could do wonders for your love life, it seems, as increased concern for a smoke-free environment has inadvertently given birth to the concept of smirting.

Smirting is the new label given to the scenario of being in a pub or restaurant where smoking is forbidden, going outside for a quick cigarette, and taking the opportunity to do a bit of flirting in the cool night air with a fellow smoker. Even though we theoretically live in an enlightened world where smoking is out of fashion and no longer supposed to be ‘cool’, in places like the Republic of Ireland, where a complete ban on smoking in bars, pubs and restaurants has been in force since 2004, going outside for a quick smoke is rapidly overtaking speed-dating as the new way to spice up your love life. The craze has swept through Ireland since the ban, with enterprising pubs and bars introducing outside areas for smokers to gather.

Advocates of smirting claim that it holds many advantages over trying to strike up a conversation at a crowded bar. Simply asking someone for a light avoids any introductory awkwardness, and the five-minute life-span of a cigarette means that you can simply go back inside or carry on chatting, depending on how you feel about the other smoker. In Ireland, smirting has to some extent caused the smoking ban to backfire, with evidence of a rapid increase in the number of social smokers all over the country, so it probably won't take long for non-smokers to realise they're missing out on all the fun and start stepping outside for "a breath of fresh air" in the hope of some passive smirting!

With the introduction of the smoking ban in Scotland on 26th March 2006, and throughout the rest of the UK from the summer of 2007, smirting is likely to become a popular route to romance in Britain too, and so has the potential to gain currency in the English lexicon. There is already evidence for a related intransitive verb smirt, and those who enjoy the pastime are often described as smirters.

Background
Smirting is a blend of the words smoking and flirting, where flirting is ‘behaving towards someone in a way that shows sexual or romantic interest in them’. The term evolved in Ireland in 2004 as a consequence of the legislation banning smoking in bars, emanating from the Temple Bar area in Dublin, a major centre for nightclubs, restaurants and bars. With smoking bans now also in place in many US states and parts of Australia and New Zealand, the term smirting and its derivatives have also found their way into American and Australian English.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/New-Words/...

“Hi there”

Since: Jun 08

Derby City

#2 Jul 13, 2008
Sheri wrote:
Here's an unintended, and I am sure one that induces fury in anti smokers, consequence of smoking bans.
‘It’s called smirting, and it’s almost certainly coming to a smoking zone near you soon … If you think you’ve already smirted because you stand in the office car park three times a day sharing smoke breaks with Eric from accounts, think again.… Smirting brings you into contact with a far greater variety of people than shuffling about on a dancefloor ever could …’
(The Sunday Times, 26th February 2006)
‘Outcast “smirters” have a new way to find light of their lives …’
(San Diego Union-Tribune, 18th April 2004)
Smoking might damage your health, but could do wonders for your love life, it seems, as increased concern for a smoke-free environment has inadvertently given birth to the concept of smirting.
Smirting is the new label given to the scenario of being in a pub or restaurant where smoking is forbidden, going outside for a quick cigarette, and taking the opportunity to do a bit of flirting in the cool night air with a fellow smoker. Even though we theoretically live in an enlightened world where smoking is out of fashion and no longer supposed to be ‘cool’, in places like the Republic of Ireland, where a complete ban on smoking in bars, pubs and restaurants has been in force since 2004, going outside for a quick smoke is rapidly overtaking speed-dating as the new way to spice up your love life. The craze has swept through Ireland since the ban, with enterprising pubs and bars introducing outside areas for smokers to gather.
Advocates of smirting claim that it holds many advantages over trying to strike up a conversation at a crowded bar. Simply asking someone for a light avoids any introductory awkwardness, and the five-minute life-span of a cigarette means that you can simply go back inside or carry on chatting, depending on how you feel about the other smoker. In Ireland, smirting has to some extent caused the smoking ban to backfire, with evidence of a rapid increase in the number of social smokers all over the country, so it probably won't take long for non-smokers to realise they're missing out on all the fun and start stepping outside for "a breath of fresh air" in the hope of some passive smirting!
With the introduction of the smoking ban in Scotland on 26th March 2006, and throughout the rest of the UK from the summer of 2007, smirting is likely to become a popular route to romance in Britain too, and so has the potential to gain currency in the English lexicon. There is already evidence for a related intransitive verb smirt, and those who enjoy the pastime are often described as smirters.
Background
Smirting is a blend of the words smoking and flirting, where flirting is ‘behaving towards someone in a way that shows sexual or romantic interest in them’. The term evolved in Ireland in 2004 as a consequence of the legislation banning smoking in bars, emanating from the Temple Bar area in Dublin, a major centre for nightclubs, restaurants and bars. With smoking bans now also in place in many US states and parts of Australia and New Zealand, the term smirting and its derivatives have also found their way into American and Australian English.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/New-Words/...
The idea of kissing someone that just got done smoking a cigarette sickens me.It's like kissing an ashtray.I guess taht's fine if you both smoke....

“Hi there”

Since: Jun 08

Derby City

#3 Jul 13, 2008
*that's*

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

Since: Jun 08

peoples republic of Madison

#4 Jul 13, 2008
I guess these kids just didn't go to the movies, it's the only thing that would explain it.

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

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#5 Jul 13, 2008
sandy63 wrote:
<quoted text>The idea of kissing someone that just got done smoking a cigarette sickens me.It's like kissing an ashtray.I guess taht's fine if you both smoke....
I feel that way about people who eat garlic. Actually, I feel that way about people who have had a number of drinks. Somehow, though, in the heat of lust, especially at the bar scene after a number of drinks, most people don't really care about the breath issue at the time.

“Hi there”

Since: Jun 08

Derby City

#6 Jul 13, 2008
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
I feel that way about people who eat garlic. Actually, I feel that way about people who have had a number of drinks. Somehow, though, in the heat of lust, especially at the bar scene after a number of drinks, most people don't really care about the breath issue at the time.
That's true i have to admit.Especially when you've had a feww drinks in you.I can attest to that in my younger days.

“Hi there”

Since: Jun 08

Derby City

#7 Jul 13, 2008
darn typing lol.*few*
KHartman

Xenia, OH

#8 Jul 13, 2008
Sheri wrote:
"Smoking might damage your health, but could do wonders for your love life..."
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatis...

"Figures from Dateline - the UK's leading dating agency - show that a growing number of 'love-seekers' are stipulating non - smokers in their search for the perfect partner. Over 70 per cent of people who signed up to the agency last year in their quest for love stated that they only wanted to be paired up with someone who didn't smoke.

Women are even more choosy with eight out of 10 demanding a non-smoking partner. This pattern has increased steadily since 1990, when only 60 per cent of females specifically wanted a smoke-free man.

Pauline Lancaster from Dateline, said:

"Our figures certainly suggest non smokers and ex smokers are getting their pick of the partners and smokers could boost their chances of finding romance by stubbing out for good."

"Often, if one of our client queries that they haven't received many responses from potential partners, we can trace it back to the fact they admitted on their 'compatibility' form to being a heavy smoker. It's amazing how many smokers then call us back a week later to inform us that they've now decided to kick the habit!""

“Hi there”

Since: Jun 08

Derby City

#9 Jul 13, 2008
KHartman wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatis...
"Figures from Dateline - the UK's leading dating agency - show that a growing number of 'love-seekers' are stipulating non - smokers in their search for the perfect partner. Over 70 per cent of people who signed up to the agency last year in their quest for love stated that they only wanted to be paired up with someone who didn't smoke.
Women are even more choosy with eight out of 10 demanding a non-smoking partner. This pattern has increased steadily since 1990, when only 60 per cent of females specifically wanted a smoke-free man.
Pauline Lancaster from Dateline, said:
"Our figures certainly suggest non smokers and ex smokers are getting their pick of the partners and smokers could boost their chances of finding romance by stubbing out for good."
"Often, if one of our client queries that they haven't received many responses from potential partners, we can trace it back to the fact they admitted on their 'compatibility' form to being a heavy smoker. It's amazing how many smokers then call us back a week later to inform us that they've now decided to kick the habit!""
Great post.I would never be with a smoker at all.For a lot of people i know it's a turnoff.A lot of people i know also wont date someone who's a smoker.I knew someone who met a girl on a blind date,and she didn't tell him she was a smoker.He didn't smoke and cares for his health.When he found out she was a smoker,he didn't want to see her again.This was about 3 months ago.
Bill Hannegan

United States

#10 Jul 13, 2008
KHartman wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatis...
"Figures from Dateline - the UK's leading dating agency - show that a growing number of 'love-seekers' are stipulating non - smokers in their search for the perfect partner. Over 70 per cent of people who signed up to the agency last year in their quest for love stated that they only wanted to be paired up with someone who didn't smoke.
Women are even more choosy with eight out of 10 demanding a non-smoking partner. This pattern has increased steadily since 1990, when only 60 per cent of females specifically wanted a smoke-free man.
Pauline Lancaster from Dateline, said:
"Our figures certainly suggest non smokers and ex smokers are getting their pick of the partners and smokers could boost their chances of finding romance by stubbing out for good."
"Often, if one of our client queries that they haven't received many responses from potential partners, we can trace it back to the fact they admitted on their 'compatibility' form to being a heavy smoker. It's amazing how many smokers then call us back a week later to inform us that they've now decided to kick the habit!""
It's pretty creepy that you spend your time posting shit like this, KHartman!

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

Since: Jun 08

peoples republic of Madison

#11 Jul 13, 2008
KHartman wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatis...
"Figures from Dateline - the UK's leading dating agency - show that a growing number of 'love-seekers' are stipulating non - smokers in their search for the perfect partner. Over 70 per cent of people who signed up to the agency last year in their quest for love stated that they only wanted to be paired up with someone who didn't smoke.
Women are even more choosy with eight out of 10 demanding a non-smoking partner. This pattern has increased steadily since 1990, when only 60 per cent of females specifically wanted a smoke-free man.
Pauline Lancaster from Dateline, said:
"Our figures certainly suggest non smokers and ex smokers are getting their pick of the partners and smokers could boost their chances of finding romance by stubbing out for good."
"Often, if one of our client queries that they haven't received many responses from potential partners, we can trace it back to the fact they admitted on their 'compatibility' form to being a heavy smoker. It's amazing how many smokers then call us back a week later to inform us that they've now decided to kick the habit!""
And the majority of the users of these services are losers that can't find a date the normal way, kind of says something doesn't it?

“KISS THIS SMOKERS BUTT”

Since: Jun 08

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#12 Jul 14, 2008
sandy63 wrote:
<quoted text>he didn't want to see her again.This was about 3 months ago.
Dam shes lucky. Thank God for small favors!!

“KISS THIS SMOKERS BUTT”

Since: Jun 08

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#13 Jul 14, 2008
KHartman wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatis...
"Figures from Dateline - the UK's leading dating agency - show that a growing number of 'love-seekers' are stipulating non - smokers in their search for the perfect partner. Over 70 per cent of people who signed up to the agency last year in their quest for love stated that they only wanted to be paired up with someone who didn't smoke.
Women are even more choosy with eight out of 10 demanding a non-smoking partner. This pattern has increased steadily since 1990, when only 60 per cent of females specifically wanted a smoke-free man.
Pauline Lancaster from Dateline, said:
"Our figures certainly suggest non smokers and ex smokers are getting their pick of the partners and smokers could boost their chances of finding romance by stubbing out for good."
"Often, if one of our client queries that they haven't received many responses from potential partners, we can trace it back to the fact they admitted on their 'compatibility' form to being a heavy smoker. It's amazing how many smokers then call us back a week later to inform us that they've now decided to kick the habit!""
Losers who have to use a dating agency, what a hoot

“KISS THIS SMOKERS BUTT”

Since: Jun 08

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#14 Jul 14, 2008
Soon antis will have to bathe because they may not get to just cover up their stink. Will probably be able to smell them a mile away
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story...

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

Since: Jun 08

peoples republic of Madison

#15 Jul 14, 2008
More unintended benefits, just not for us.
http://banthebanwisconsin.wordpress.com/2008/...

“KISS THIS SMOKERS BUTT”

Since: Jun 08

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#16 Jul 14, 2008
Free_America wrote:
More unintended benefits, just not for us.
http://banthebanwisconsin.wordpress.com/2008/...
being from a county in KY that is dry as a bone, bootleg liquor flows freely and sold to anyone at any age, no carding. Tobacco will be the same way, antis just don't think beyond the end of their noses. Tobacco will be more available to kids

“Veritas Vincit. Pro Libertate”

Since: Jun 08

peoples republic of Madison

#17 Jul 14, 2008
u cannot own me wrote:
<quoted text>
being from a county in KY that is dry as a bone, bootleg liquor flows freely and sold to anyone at any age, no carding. Tobacco will be the same way, antis just don't think beyond the end of their noses. Tobacco will be more available to kids
The story linking bootleg cigs to terrorist came out in april, how come it didn't make the national news?
History Buff

Glenwood, IN

#18 Jul 14, 2008
Kids will find what ever, when ever.
Remember when GLUE was the big thing?

“KISS THIS SMOKERS BUTT”

Since: Jun 08

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#19 Jul 14, 2008
Free_America wrote:
<quoted text>The story linking bootleg cigs to terrorist came out in april, how come it didn't make the national news?
I bet there are a lot of news that just don't make it. The media signed onto the anti smoking agenda. Everything they report is a anti report and we all know what liars they are so reporting any truths would be against the anti liars law
Solid

AOL

#20 Jul 14, 2008
History Buff wrote:
Kids will find what ever, when ever.
Remember when GLUE was the big thing?
You must have suffered a LOT of brain damage from the glue.

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