Last night I caught my friend smoking in dining room by surprise. She looked clumsy while apologizing to me for smoking in the dining room.
Some friends in my office are also smokers. Of course, in the office room, employees are not allowed to smoke. But they often do it in the pantry which is definetely a public sphere. Sometimes, I also smell scent left from somebody smoking in the restroom. For latter, our service cleaning officer prepares a airspray to get rid of the odour.
Smoking in the public room is a classic problem. There is still an on-going debate over right or not one smokes in the public sphere. The separation of smoking room from public sphere is still not effective. The regulation issued by DKI Jakarta on smoking prohibition doesn’t effect well. In Sukarno-Hatta, a place providing special room for smokers, often I see visitors show carelessness with smoking in the inappropriate place, to be precise not in the special room.
When I was in college, some friends conducted a survey about the smoking prohibition in campus area. One of the questions was : Do you think it’s appropriate to put the smoking prohibition annoouncement in the ampus area. The majority answer showed that such announcement wasn’t appropriate as it wasn’t democratic. They thought that banning people to smoke was as equal as violating their rights. But how about others’ right to get clean air? Or our right to be healthy if we talk in sense of right and equality?
What do you think? It’s democratic or not?