A clarion call to smokers: You can do it!

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2008-03-16 08:41

After widespread anger and resentment by smokers, German voters in Bavaria have voted with their feet against the party that introduced a smoking ban. The local Government is now on the retreat.

The German "Spiegel online" reports that,

"The smoking ban, which was introduced in Bavaria on Jan. 1, is the strictest in Germany, forbidding people from lighting up in restaurants, pubs and even beer tents -- meaning that the 2008 Oktoberfest will be smoke-free. Bavaria was one of eight German states to ban smoking in public places from the start of this year."

But that,

"The leaders of Bavaria's ruling party, the Christian Social Union, want to relax the state's smoking ban -- and very quickly. Many of the party's politicians blame the ban for the CSU's poor showing in recent local elections.

The leaders of the Christian Social Union, the conservative Bavarian sister party to Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, are planning to relax Bavaria's smoking ban -- just two months after it was introduced.

The state's ruling party wants to introduce the relaxation next week, granting special exemptions to beer tents and small pubs. The change in regulation is aimed in particular at large tents, as found in Munich's famous Oktoberfest."


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