Archive for 21st August 2011

Thoughtful Pipe Smokers

Wait… a city that banned the sale of pipe cleaners?! Seriously?

A pipe – Difficult to clean without a pipe cleaner though.

Published on Friday 19 August 2011 05:13

By Roger Bealey
Our Wetherby columnist

It’s a crazy world. We didn’t say it, but we certainly thought it. There were four of us sitting outside in the beer garden of a local pub and we were smoking.

There wasn’t a cigarette smoker amongst us which probably was why the conversation went as it did.

Now that there is a smoking ban, pavements are all littered with cigarette ends and the filter tips take years to rot away. In the old days they used ashtrays in the pubs. And whilst a smoking ban on tobacco is enforced, there is also talk of making the smoking of cannabis legal.

It is no longer possible to buy pipe cleaners in Wetherby – Morrisons has stopped selling them so you have to go to Harrogate or Otley for such things. At least there is a proper tobacconists in Otley. We need one in Wetherby. It might be a good opportunity for one to move into Wetherby and occupy one of those vacant shops.

Have you ever noticed how seldom pipe smokers get into trouble? Two of our number are ex-police officers and they couldn’t remember pipe smokers causing any major problems and being arrested. Is it because we’re more thoughtful and contemplative – and is that because smoking a pipe has made us so; or is it because people who are more contemplative by nature are more likely to have taken up smoking a pipe?

Then it was time to go inside to join the other three non-smoking members of our party. They might even have bought in another round of drinks for us from the kitty. Which being already in contemplative mood made me wonder why we call it a kitty?

Pipe cleaner men

Cruise lines tighten rules on smoking aboard ships

Florida Today

It’s understandable that Norwegian Cruise Line is not allowing cigarette smoking on anywhere but the balconies, but it’s odd that they are prohibiting pipe and cigar smoking anywhere on the ship at all.

Staterooms latest places smokers are not allowed to light up

Norwegian Cruise Line’s announcement this month that it will prohibit smoking in all staterooms starting in January is the latest sign that smoking and cruising aren’t going to be a good mix in the future.

Norwegian, which sails the Sun out of Port Canaveral from October through April, said beginning in January guests will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes in their staterooms. They may smoke cigarettes on their balconies. Cigar and pipe smoking in staterooms and on balconies will be banned.

Also, smoking will be banned in all other public interior spaces on Norwegian ships including bars, restaurants, restrooms, staircases and landings.

“A lot of passengers in general are saying they just don’t want smoke-filled cabins,” said Stewart Chiron, a cruise industry expert who operates the popular Cruise Guy website. “And there is a cost in getting rid of the smell. The easiest thing is to just ban smoking.”

Norwegian’s actions come as other major cruise companies also take a harder line toward smoking. Most of the changes stem from the growing ranks of non-smoking passengers who don’t want to deal with second-hand smoke on their cruise or stay in cabins with hints of prior tobacco use.