H/T Klaus K for this story from Denmark:
Johnny Madsen supports tavern owner
Well-known musicians are now supporting a tavern owner from Maribo in her fight against smoking law.
Tuesday, March 29. 2016 pm. 09:33, Avisen.dk’s editorial
A pub owner from Maribo is getting support from an unexpected quarter.
The musicians Johnny Madsen and Klaus Kjellerup from ‘ Danser med Drenge’ support the owner of Munkestuen Mimi Olsen in her fight against smoking law. Writes Ekstra Bladet .
The case of Mimi Olsen’s tavern has been going on since 2010. So far she has been fined 10,000 kroner (about 1,500 USD) for breaking the smoking law in the High Court. She now hopes to be allowed to try the case in the Supreme Court. The dispute is about the serving area, which according to the legislation must not be over 40 square meters, if smoking is allowed.
And now the two chain-smoking musicians give their public support for the tavern owner. At the same time they also offered to pay her fine.
– I do not know Mimi, but I can understand that her tavern serves as a gathering place for people in the area – a kind of ‘living room’ and it must be jolly well be room for. A foolish discussion about whether a few square meters is serving area or pool area should not then send elderly people out in the cold to smoke, says Johnny Madsen to Ekstra Bladet.
And Mimi Olsen appreciates the support.
– I know neither Johnny Madsen or Klaus Kjellerup personally, but it means a lot to me that someone supports me in my fight for my guests to smoke at the Munkestuen, she says to Ekstra Bladet.
Klaus K emailed me today to say that Denmark’s largest newspaper EkstraBladet is also covering the story, and he’s being interviewed on Danish radio and TV today.
” We use the publicity to demand changes to the smoking ban in the mainstream media.”
At least in Denmark they can smoke in small bars, which is ten times better than the UK where we can’t smoke in any bars at all. It sounds like it’s just a dispute about whether Mimi’s bar (named Munk Stuen) is slightly bigger than the 40 squ. metre limit. But stepping in and very publicly paying her fine is a great way of embarrassing the government, although I’m not sure what changes to the law they’re demanding.
I’ll email Klaus with this blog post, and I hope he can keep us advised as events unfold.
P.S. I pulled up the Munk Stuen in Maribo, Denmark on Google maps. It’s a pretty tiny little place, given that inside there’ll be a bar, toilets, and maybe even a kitchen: