Some colleagues invited me to a restaurant when I just moved to Vienna a few years ago. It was very nice and the food was delicious. I was, however, surprised that people were smoking in the restaurant. Apparently, smoking in public indoor spaces was banned in Austria some years ago but this law has been ignored. I was informed that patrons refused to follow the non-smoking law and proprietors refused to follow it lest they lose business. People in Vienna smoke quite a lot and I can see them having clout in the whether or not the law takes effect.
I don’t smoke but that has not stopped me from visiting establishments where patrons smoke indoors. I come out smelling of smoke along with my braids and clothes, but I still go back. I was surprised about the smoking indoors practice as the other countries I have been to do not allow that. Well, I will wait and see whether we will have a smoke-free indoor Vienna soon. Wish me luck!