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25 February, 2006

Choking on smoking

Yet another lily-livered promise from health officials to ban smoking in public within five years:

"We have asked for a total ban. But we might have to compromise because smokers will put up a fight," he said.

So despite the fact that cancer and heart disease rates are soaring in the sandlands, health officials don't actually have the cojones to stand up to the cancer-stick cabal. Pathetic.

"The 2002 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health found that 23 per cent of boys and 31.3 per cent of girls in the UAE tried smoking before the age of ten."

And who can blame them? Small sheikhlets may as well pick up the habit as early as possible to acclimatise to the thick smog of other people's fumes they will be forced to breathe their entire lives, thanks to the sheer flaccidity of their health officials.

Utterly, totally, pathetic.



Blogger Balushi said...

I cannot understand what is the peoples problem with the smoker??

They way some people complain about smokers as If they are paying us pocket money to buy them!!!

This is nothing but stupidity and double standards and bias to attack smokers all the time!

What about Alcohol? why is noone is complaining about that? what about nude women on the streets that is poisoning the minds of young mans?

Ban that first than i will starting thinking to quit smoking.

25 February, 2006 09:31  
Blogger CG said...

What about banning anti-smoking-moaners?
I remember people moaning about smoking on they banned it, oh goodie I thought....then I flew and could hardly breath. I think they cut back on the amount of oxygen packs they use on a flight. I had a better air supply on the smoking flights.

25 February, 2006 10:20  
Blogger Mohamed Elzubeir said...

cg, interesting you say that. Although I think smoking should never be allowed in an aircraft, I never really noticed a lack of oxygen. The most moronic thing is allowing smoking on an aircraft. Can you imagine the safety hazards with a bunch of people holding sticks on fire? Jeez. I would rather live with the uncomfort of a trans-altantic smoke-free flight than risk someone burning down the plane.

Then again, there is also the people inside who will not all be too thrilled with smoking along with you. No smoker should have the right to subject others to his/her habit, without their consent.

As for the post itself, the guy who is making this statement did not phrase it properly. The fight smokers will put up is not in the process of legislation. The problem is with implementation and policing such a law. Smokers, like non-smokers, in the UAE will simply ignore laws that they don't necessarily like. This is the general attitude here. No littering.. oh really? Fines attached, etc. Yet, this does not ring any bells to residents here. No smoking will just be yet-another sign that says something uninteresting. Puffing away they will.

25 February, 2006 10:38  
Blogger 1Desi said...

Its hard for them... its almost as cultural for them as 'qaawa' and dates!

All cultures have some 'built-in' vices - take alcohol for example... it harms the body as well (albeit, no passive damage)- can be addictive and kills brain cells. Still very legal in the west!

I'm not big on smoking (or drinking for that matter) but I think letting people make up their own minds makes sense. Yes, passive smoking is bad but (pls. dont hang me for this) a 'complete' ban isn't the answer imo.

25 February, 2006 11:05  
Blogger redstar said...

Balushi, smoking and alcohol are rather different things.

Smoking stinks and makes non-smokers ill when they smell it. As a smoker smoking around non-smokers, you are being inconisderate and rude and are drastically affecting the quality of life of people who are simply unfortunate enough to be near you whilst you puff away.

When I walk around Dubai's malls, I'm constantly breathing in the stench of other people's smoke. It's disgusting.

If I go to a bar, I'm, breathing in other people's smoke, but there's no foul stink coming from my beer that will give the person next to me breathing problems, make his clothes reek or give him cancer and other lung diseases.

If you want to kill yourself, that's fine, but have some courtesy to those around you who probably would prefer not to breathe in acrid tobacco smoke.

25 February, 2006 11:34  
Blogger Harsha said...

balushi and cg seem to be smokers so they (or he) tries to divert the attention to alcoholics, if they werent smokers - the case would have been vice versa.. anyway - i dont think smoking a cigarette can burn down an aircraft but yea all the smoke to could surely suffocate ppl onboard - hence the ban, maybe ppl already arent very comfortable flying and smoking could add to it.

flights now have a set of seats for smokers and another side for non smokers.. so what ur problem ppl?

as for banning smoking - they tried it last year but obviously - Dubai doesnt capitalise on oil, it does on SHOPPING MALLS!!, and if smoking was to be banned there.. that means malls would lose 75% of their customers and.. all the top notch brands would stop coming here and then..no1 would come here from all over the world to shop and then no expats would move here and blah blah.. eventually Dubai will return to being a desert..but somewhere in the middle they would 'unban' smoking...then Dubai will become this famous global attention seeker tourist spot becuz now again we have a billion malls and then WHO takes interest and they ban smoking again and blah.. n blah.. n blah n blah.. its all a vicious circle!!

25 February, 2006 11:36  
Blogger Balushi said...

"Smoking stinks and makes non-smokers ill when they smell it. As a smoker smoking around non-smokers, you are being inconisderate and rude and are drastically affecting the quality of life of people who are simply unfortunate enough to be near you whilst you puff away. Quote: REDSTAR

RS, Have you ever smelled the breath of a drank man?

If i smoke cigarrete atleast you have the chance to protect your self by leaving the place or by wearing a gas mask!

But what if a drank man is driving a car at a speed of 120kmp and he rams his car into me and killing me and everyone around me?

I dont even have the chance to leave the place nor to protect myself from that Alcohol drinking person!!!! - I will be dead in a second.

and who is responsible?

Onetime i was in the Bar there was this man who lost control of himself and started fight with another man, bcoz his wife was looking at the other guy!!! The guy threw a whisky bottle and it almost killed me if i wasn't seated.

and onetime there was this drunker in a Maina as salam he was doing pepe in the lobby in public.

25 February, 2006 12:16  
Blogger Harsha said...

but.. i wouldnt bother going and smelling the breath of the guy sitting on the next table, there it wouldnt bother me, but if that same guy was smoking, it would bother me cuz i would be breathing the smoke.

25 February, 2006 12:20  
Blogger Harsha said...

and balushi was dating her hoping she'd turn out to be like her mother?

no offence honey

25 February, 2006 12:22  
Blogger Papadose said...

what would we do without Balushi!

Bottomline, just don't smoke in "public" - there are non smokers around whose health can be affected by the harmful smoke.

25 February, 2006 12:47  
Blogger trobriander said...

Ah, I can see a red-colored 4 wheels drive swarming around ;)

We all know that cigarettes cause great damage to the Heart, Bones, Blood Vessels, Nervous System, Skin, Nose/Mouth/Eyes/Ears and the Throat, not to mention the damage done to the healthcare budget. I think it should be totally banned, but then how could you ban an addictive substance, which is already in the markets, without risking backlashes such as crimes and illegal trades?

The real issue is, like always, the mega buck industry that is behind it – Philip, J, & cos. – who would summersault on any PR occasion just to keep their ‘cultural’ revenues alive.

Rigorous public awareness is a must, and young boys and girls have to be fooled into smoke-free hypes and trends. Also, nonsmokers like myself, should be stringier with smoker achievers, and to keep a ‘good eye’ on those tobacco industries at all times. And yes, SD, it is outrageous that the mentioned ban has been postponed. It could have been a start in the right direction.

PS. Smoking at huge public places can be combated by dedicating smoking areas like the ones at the Airports.

25 February, 2006 12:49  
Blogger trobriander said...

One more thing; the middle-easterners have this attitude – like many Americans I met in the US – of “well, one day we’re all going to die, right?!!

Well, that attitude certainly changes when people find themselves in bed suffering from smoke-related illnesses!!

25 February, 2006 13:20  
Blogger grinch said...

@ Balushi - "and onetime there was this drunker in a Maina as salam he was doing pepe in the lobby in public."
"It all happened one night when her mother was drank and she had a one night stand with a guy in the club in switzerland in the backside of the club."

Ha ha ha! pure gold!

Re smoking on planes - They have actually cut down the oxygen level and quality of aircon since smoking was banned as it doesn't have to be as powerful any more. There was a study done on it a couple of years ago and the conclusion was that passengers were now more likely to catch colds, etc from flights as the air was over-recycled. Ho hum.

Speaking as a smoker who'd given up shortly before coming over here, yes it stinks and is quite anti-social but the fact that fags are so cheap and that you can smoke evrywhere does nothing to discourage people (yes, I have started again..!). If they want people to stop I agree that smoking rooms are the way forward - there's nothing like walking into one of those airport smog-filled cubicles to make you want to give up.

Don't see a problem with people smoking outdoors however.

25 February, 2006 13:21  
Blogger trobriander said...

Sorry SD, but this is really rad; Australia is luring ‘bloody tourists’ LOL

25 February, 2006 13:58  
Blogger Balushi said...

I know that we may not agree here with each other! and anyway nobody these days agree with anyone for anything.

But I want to tell you Why i smoke!

I started smoking because I wanted to impress one women! and it worked simply becuase womens love smokers.

Its them who created so many smoking men around.

I dont wanna discuss this issue anymore, if smoking is banned I DONT CARE i will still smoke in public places! because its my Human rights.

25 February, 2006 14:23  
Blogger Harsha said...

smoking - Human Right?!?!

well smoking impresses women is a misconception - take that from one!

how many agree?

25 February, 2006 14:28  
Blogger Balushi said...

Uuniversal Dec. of Human Rights

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.

Article 14.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy.

25 February, 2006 15:03  
Blogger redstar said...

I think you're missing the point, Balushi.

Drinking and driving is illegal.

If you go to a bar, you go there knowing it is a place where alcohol is served. If you're doing your shopping and people are smoking around you, there's no need to go near the smoker to smell his breath, you can smell him from a mile off.

Personally I think a total ban is excessive. Have some decent smoking areas setup as a first step. A total ban will probably be unenforceable. I'd prefer smokers to be coralled into a smoking area than totally ignoring the ban and continuing to smoke anyhwere and everywhere.

Totally banning smoking in shopping malls would probably affect the cafes there, but not the shops. The people you see wandering around smoking are typically not the people doing the buying. They mainly seem to be men with not much better to do than, er wander around.

Give them a smoking area in Starbuck's and Costa's by all means, make sure people respect it and you have the best of both worlds.

25 February, 2006 15:23  
Blogger Harsha said...

Article 14.

(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution

balushi.. try article 24 - thats what ur actually aiming at.. if everyone has the right to enjoy - why cant i enjoy the breath of fresh/ clean air?

25 February, 2006 15:27  
Blogger Balushi said...

Drinking and driving is illegal.

If you go to a bar, you go there knowing it is a place where alcohol is served.

If drink driving is illegal Then Why there is Parking space for the Bars???

People do sex and spread aids, people drink alcohol and kills others, people make bombs to kill others, people eat cat and spread Sars, people do drugs and kill entire societies and nations!

Not to mention the polution and diseaes spread by industries and depelted uranium.


We only smoke a d@mn cigarrette!

25 February, 2006 17:02  
Blogger Balushi said...

if everyone has the right to enjoy - why cant i enjoy the breath of fresh/ clean air? Harsha

You can go to a park if you are looking for that! - where should i go if i wanna smoke?

Each time i feel sick, i always smoke cigarrete and after a while i start to feel beter quickly!

This is bcoz nicotine kills the bacterias in the body.

Thats why there are non-smokers dying from cancer as oppose to smokers.

25 February, 2006 17:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they should ban smoking and promote drinking...we'd all be happier for it.

the only issues I have about the whole smoking thing is that these people are always smoking around children and what is the deal with having to light up between the appetizer and the entree? It's disgusting.

And there isn't one woman on this earth that is attracted to someone BECAUSE they smoke. How stupid is that? Who wants to kiss and make hay with someone that smells like their house burned down around them? It just goes to show what morons these guys are.

I'm coughing thinking about all of it.

25 February, 2006 17:46  
Blogger Kiwi Boy said...

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25 February, 2006 19:00  
Blogger Kiwi Boy said...

It's sickening that children under 10 have smoked. It's mostly peer pressure that's driving them to do this. Like Balushi says he started smoking to "impress a women", these kids are doing it either to impress the opposite sex and let the world know about the liberty they have or they're just doing it because they have a weird liking for it. Gah!

By the way, Balushi, if nicotine kills bacteria, you don't have to blow smoke in our faces because, hey, we didnt' ask for any antibiotics. You can smoke in your own room and kill all the bacteria you want and when you have crossed the 10,000 mark, you'll get a prize.

25 February, 2006 19:04  
Blogger redstar said...

"We only smoke a d@mn cigarrette!"

You're more than welcome to your cigarette, just don't make others smell the smoke. A similar principle applies to defecating.

25 February, 2006 21:01  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

I knew a smoker who would light his cigarette and then use the lighter to try and light his erm... flatulence. Which was worse?

25 February, 2006 21:50  
Blogger Balushi said...

That doesn’t make any sense when it comes to a person like me!!

Smoke helps me to get rid of sad moments just like alcohol for you guys!

I mean I smoke and walk with my head up with endless self esteem but still am joyless and depressed.

(o.o )
(> < )

1-Walking whiles your head up = people think that you are selfish and individualistic.


2-Walking While your head down = people think that you are a loser.

25 February, 2006 22:59  
Blogger missenme said...

Balushi has no functioning brain cells left. Too much smoking...

Anyone else agree?

25 February, 2006 23:19  
Blogger archer14 said...

whassup with balushi the blog troll....camping on this URL since this morning?
I think you're better off drinking...smoking is too 'light' for you. Isn't Balushiland far easier to get to with a swig? On the rocks please. Pun intended!

26 February, 2006 00:02  
Blogger flamin said...

omg this is hilarious hahhahaha...i loved how balushi said...why do bars have PARKING SPACES if drunken driving is banned looooooooooooool...where's logic these days.

فناان :)

26 February, 2006 00:38  
Blogger CG said...

What do you know about me anyway? I advise you to be less presuming in future.
Now go and breathe in Balushis smoke, it might clear your brain cells out.


27 February, 2006 13:25  
Blogger Harsha said...

hmmm maybe THATS whats clogging my brain in the first place!

27 February, 2006 14:09  
Blogger Garthicus said...

Why oh why is Balushi entertained by people on this blog? (now I'm guilty of commenting on him too!)

Pain in the ar$e.

27 February, 2006 20:42  
Blogger kingfisher said...

Good post SD...

Balushi: you sad un-intelligent man. Get a life. I hope you die a long slow death from lung cancer you misogynistic cretin.

01 March, 2006 10:16  
Blogger kingfisher said...


The airconditioning in modern aircraft is some of the cleanest air on planet earth.

The air you breathe in modern jets is taken from the engine where it is heated by compression to about 800C. It then passes through an "air cycle machine" which cools, re-heats, then ultimately cools the air again before it enters the cabin. The air which is recycled from the cabin passes through heppa filters which further clean the air. The humidity level in a modern cabin on a jet is about 3-4%. Not much in the way of viral or bacterial life forms survives this. You are in more danger of catching a cold by sitting next to an infected person on a bus or in a car or at home.
The reason smoking is banned on aircraft is two fold really. It is primarily for safety, as combustible material abounds. Secondarily, the buildup of tar deposits from cigarette smoke slowly affects aircraft systems like electronics and eventually adds consideralbe wieght to an aicraft as it is deposited on the inner surface of the fuselage. It is quite amazing actually.

There is no reason why there should be smoking anywhere on planet earth where children or non-smokers may be affected by second hand smoke. The needs of the many outwwiegh the needs of the few. Its that simple.

01 March, 2006 10:33  
Blogger caz said...

I have just read the reasons for smoking and non smoking. Absolutely hysterical, very very funny, the grammar equally mind boggling.

I started smoking when I was 15 and gave it up when I was 72. The Doc said, "Stop or you will die". As I wasn't ready to go, and still am not. I stopped. If I can do it it, anyone can. Just a question of finding your own reasons for quitting. Far too much evidence now for anyone to continue smoking. When I look back on my smoking years, I am truly ashamed at the bloody misery I must have caused so many people far too often.

Simply, you really are better off without it. I have the bypass scars and aneurism scars to prove it.


05 March, 2006 13:13  

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