For those of you who may have missed it, I had a letter published in the paper the other day.
Sir, – I am a pensioner who likes to sit outside my local coffee shop with my coffee, my dog and a puff of the pipe, where I can socialise with friends, neighbours and strangers.
Now the former minister for health James Reilly continues his vendetta against the smoker in the Seanad and wants me to forgo that little pleasure in order that people don’t have to “suffer” the occasional whiff of my pipe smoke. He talks about the “unintended consequences” of the indoor ban while completely ignoring the consequence of further isolating people from their community (“Smoking ban to be extended to outdoor areas where food served”, News, April 24th).
I might add that I enjoy my pipe as I find it relaxing, have never suffered any “smoking-related diseases” over the last 50 or so years of smoking and pay exorbitant taxes on my little pleasure.
So much for a tolerant society? – Yours, etc,
There was a reply today in the same paper.
Sir, – [..] I too am a pensioner who likes to sit outside my local coffee shop on an all-too-infrequent fine day and enjoy my cup of coffee.
What I most definitely do not enjoy is having to inhale the noxious fumes from a pipe-smoker at an adjacent table being blown in my direction.
Well done, Senator James Reilly. I, for one, support your suggestion. – Yours, etc,
Obviously she didn’t read the last line in my letter?