Something by Pat Nurse that I found moving:
I can’t comment on this blog for some reason but it’s well worth a read. If I could comment I would have said :”That sounds great. Do you have a link to the trip you took? I travel around Europe over summer. I’m always delighted to be treated with respect and consideration and without the shame heaped upon me here for the crime of being a smoker who won’t quit and isn’t dead. The first time I experienced it after the ban of 2007 in England was on a trip to Prague. I cried in a restaurant because I found the tolerance, care and respect for me as a customer overwhelming. It should be something that we all, non smoker or smoker, find normal. Both groups get along fine with each other in the Czech Republic as we used to do here. I think over there it is because they have a progressive stance towards new technology such as high quality ventilation systems . ” I should have added it’s also because they don’t have bullies who hate smokers making laws to punish them like they do over here.
What stood out was the one sentence:
I cried in a restaurant because I found the tolerance, care and respect for me as a customer overwhelming.
She wept because she had been treated with respect.
Isn’t it sad that she had to go to Prague to find tolerance, care, and respect?
Isn’t it utterly shameful that the British government forces its own people to treat smokers with intolerance and contempt?