Dirty smokers in the city

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 15 May 2007 89

I was walking with my wife a young son in the area near the Canberra Theatre, next to the Legislative Assembly, last Saturday morning, and noticed hundreds of cigarette butts all over the ground. So many that I picked my son up so he didn’t fall and get dirty cigarette butts on his hands.

What is going on with smokers in this town? Lots of them must be filthy animals because they seem to think it acceptable to litter in public places like this. Don’t tell me “it’s only a minority”, because it ISN’T. I see smokers doing this ALL THE TIME.

Why can’t these people lift their game a bit??

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Thumper Thumper 6:53 am 20 May 07


Dubai also has a bizarre Irish pub in the departure terminal.

A pint of Guiness at 0400 is an excellent way to start the day!

iceu iceu 12:01 pm 19 May 07

im sorry iceu but the ailments of the general population are their concern.

their rights end at the tip of their nose, as do mine.

Wow, wouldn’t it be a great world if everyone (including lawmakers) had this attitude.

I guess I’m biased, considering I have a genetic lung disease. I’ll just lock myself inside for the rest of my life, seeing as I have no rights.

nyssa76 nyssa76 10:49 pm 18 May 07

Let’s face it, everyone wants to attack smokers because they don’t want to seem like utter bastards by attacking the following: fat people, drug addicts, mummy’s boys etc.

Next time I cop it for smoking – away from others I might add – I’m going to let it rip with anything I can think of that describes that person.

It’s just me returning the favour 🙂

el el 8:44 pm 18 May 07

More than comes from a cigarette VY.

And do stick the exhaust pipe in my mouth, suck this crap in, then blow it onto others?

No, no, yes.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 8:39 pm 18 May 07

Yeah, but in what quantities? And do stick the exhaust pipe in my mouth, suck this crap in, then blow it onto others?

el el 5:33 pm 18 May 07

I see your ‘C’ and raise you a ‘B’ for BENZINE.

Danman Danman 4:49 pm 18 May 07

Can i get a C for Carbon Monoxide – sorry thats a vowel.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 3:13 pm 18 May 07

“Cars produce very little pollutants? You MUST be joking.


That’s the best chuckle I’ve had in a long time. “

Showing your lack of intelligence there. Modern cars produce very little other than Co2 and Nitrogen. The old cars of unburnt hydrocarbons are long gone.

Maelinar Maelinar 2:56 pm 18 May 07

bonfire – I smoke a pipe and cigars.

I don’t touch cigarettes as I think they are disgusting.

There are a declining number of pipe tobacco stockists in Canberra, so before finding yourself a nice pipe to settle into, I’d first suggest finding a tobacco stockist.

For ultimate passer-by pleasure, go amphora.

For ultimate woo factor, buy a savinelli pipe to go with it.

Myself, I’ve got about 4 curved stems, and an oak churchwarden for whenever I want to feel like a lord of the rings ranger. My Savinelli is a straight stem, and you can tell the difference in the quality of production.

bonfire bonfire 2:02 pm 18 May 07

best smoking room – helsinki airport.

lovely comfortable black leather chairs. lighers.



if only it had barman…

Danman Danman 12:53 pm 18 May 07

Thumper – syd international airport has smoking rooms in the departure gates

I thougth so.

Also – Maybe cars provide very little in the way of visible pollutants – but I for one will not attach a hose to my exhaust for free central car heating.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 12:22 pm 18 May 07

Thumper – syd international airport has smoking rooms in the departure gates…

toriness toriness 12:17 pm 18 May 07

Cars produce very little pollutants? You MUST be joking.


That’s the best chuckle I’ve had in a long time.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 11:38 am 18 May 07

A little hypocritical VY. You believe science when it suits and when it doesn’t.

Granted though that modern cars are less damaging to the environment and I think that anyone who claims to be concerned about the environment and then goes and drives an old pollution machine shtbox should be shot.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 10:58 am 18 May 07

With modern emmissions controls, including electronic timing and catalytic converters, cars produce very little pollutants. Don’t confuse this with Carbon Dioxide, which the chicken littles of the world tell us is evil (despite the fact that humans breathe it out).

Thumper Thumper 10:34 am 18 May 07

Ah.. cubicle, that is…

Old crappy home keyboard. Not a brand new flashy work one… 🙂

Thumper Thumper 10:32 am 18 May 07

Ah… Good to see that RA is still running this thread, or ones following a similiar topic.

I couldn’t be bothered actually commenting but I will add an interesting observation about smoking in public areas.

Whilst in Dubai airport not three days ago, I came across a smoking cubilcel within the terminal. Dubai airport is non smoking. However, these little cublicles are a small area surrounded by a shortish wall, say a metre and a half, with a perspex top so that the whole wall is only two metres high. It is about the size of your average bedroom and sits smack in the middle of the terminal.

Inside it is like a giant vacuum cleaner and no smoke whatsoever gets out of the area. Whilst looking for this smoking cublicle, I walked past in three times before realising that it was there, and it was packed.

Maybe governments here could take a leaf out of Dubai’s book and cater for all people, not just those who keep telling us what we should do and what we should think.

Oh yeah, I am a smoker, and I truly enjoy it, if I didn’t, I give up. And as an example the 17 hour flight from Dubai to Sydney, with delays, didn’t worry me the slightest even though I was smokeless. Maybe I’m not addicted to them?

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 10:18 am 18 May 07

Actually VY not crap. Quite credible. But it’s easier to make a pariah of a smoker (they smell) than the owner of a large, obnoxious, overpowered car.

bonfire bonfire 10:06 am 18 May 07

if i never drove the stanley steamer again, never lit up a cool refreshing laramie again, and traded my wood heater for a gas one – all that would be undone in 1 second of a chinese coal powered power station belching unscrubbed carbon and pollutants into the atmosphere.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 9:39 am 18 May 07

“imagine how many pollutants your v8 is putting into the environment and ruining the world which your children are to grow up in – far more than 1000 smokers could i’m sure”

What utter, utter crap.

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