Smoking indoors in Vienna

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!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 00:22:48

    When I was growing up smoking was permitted everywhere. But now here in the States it is not allowed in public buildings. I never realized how the smoke gets in your clothes and hair until after it was banned. Now it’s very noticeable whenever I’m around any place where smoking is allowed. I do hope you’ll be free from it someday soon.


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