Ah, smoking. In 2018 everyone knows that shit’s bad for you and it’s decreased a fuck-ton over the years. Heck, even Carrie Bradshaw binned her Marlboros somewhere between being a selfish excuse for a friend and ending up with a guy that gave her more screws than a piece of IKEA furniture.
But back in the day it didn’t have the perception, taxes and restrictions that it has now – in fact the places that we used to be able to smoke might really put ya head through the ringer.
Pls, cast your mind back to a time before clean air was appreciated.
I remember my dad stressing about smoking during a flight to America (for someone who punched a deck a day, 10+ hours is a lifetime without a ciggy) only to tell me it used to be fine to smoke on aeroplanes. Smoking on all domestic flights was banned in 1987 by the Hawke government, whereas three years later in 1990 it was banned on international flights in an Australian airspace as well.
Smoking used to be all gravy inside hospitals – not just outside and around them, but in them. It’s completely illegal throughout Australia now (however there’s a strong debate about outdoor hospital grounds and whether or not smoking should be completely banned there, too).
BARS & RESTAURANTS
If you’ve ever been on holiday in Europe, to places like say, Greece, you may have smoked in a bar. Not outside in a designated outside smoking area, but actually at the bar. Such behaviour used to fly in Australia, but is now abominable by law, unless you are in, you know, Crown Casino’s International Room or associated gambling avenues. God forbid anyone impede Packer‘s mission of world domination.
This is something a lil’ hard to get your head around, especially if you’re an inner-city commuter, but smoking used to happen in buses and trains. Think about it: If you’re close enough to the person next to you to smell their personal stench, you bet your skint ass that their ash would fall all over you and your prim work clothes too.
Take a moment to sympathise with all the passengers on buses and trains who had zero choice but to indirectly smoke with the person up back. I’m not even sure that smokers themselves would enjoy that, and I can personally vouch (so sue me).
Let me see you smoke smoke smoke smoke smoke. Just imagine a little ashtray next to your Post-Its and schedule for the day. It was only in 2004 that smoking was banned in all workplaces as part of amendments to the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997. Seems like not that long ago, but a lot of offices opted to ban the act (out of choice) beforehand.
There’s no denying that smoking is pretty much the worst thing you can do to your body, so it makes sense why government moves (e.g. banning smoking in the aforementioned places and introducing health warnings) have come into play.
Quitting, however, ain’t an easy thing to do, and it could be argued that the process is made harder because private industries are offering replacement therapies like nicotine patches and gums at a price – often equal to, or more than – the cost of cigarettes themselves. Vaping with nicotine is being used in places like the UK and Europe as another, potentially more affordable / effective, way of quitting – but in Australia, you legally can’t buy nicotine vapes and regular smoking laws apply to them too. People are arguing that smokers should have all the available options to quit at their disposal, because at the end of the day, everyone’s going to have a different journey to kickin’ the habit.
If you need help to make the first step to a healthier lifestyle, visit the Aus Gov’s Quit Now site for more information and support.
In the meantime, we’re either smokers, non-smokers or caught somewhere in the middle.
I mean, we used to eat lollies that were basically fake ciggies (Fads) for fuck’s sake.