it surprised me to find out that Israel actually has anti-smoking laws, just like California and a handful of other nanny states. they recently announced that they intend to actually enforce it and also that they would modify it so that smoking would be allowed in 20% of establishments.
i don't smoke and i don't particularly like to be near smokers in an enclosed space, but i think the complete ban of smoking in all public spaces is ridiculous. the entirety of the 643 acre campus of the University of Washington (my alma-mater) is smoke-free. indoor and outdoor. all of it. all of the time. but feel free to get as drunk as you want and puke all over the place. technically, you'll need to get a permit to serve alcohol for that.
i don't think smoking or second-hand smoking is half as big of a deal as it is made out to be. how does it compare to alcohol, depression, methamphetamines, obesity, gun ownership, homelessness, and racism in terms of lives destroyed? and yet you can feel free to walk around Seattle drunk, low, high, fat, armed, vagrant, or racist and people will let you be, would never think of saying a word. but try to light up a mild stimulant with a not entirely unpleasant odor and people assume that you've forgotten that you're in a public space and take the responsibility of reminding you as a personal mission. honestly, the only impact that sitting in an unventilated restaurant for two hours across the table from a chain smoker would have on most of us would be smelly hair and slightly red eyes. get a grip. second-hand drunkenness can leave you covered in puke, disgusted with humanity, in a fight, or dead.
so, yes, fine, if you want to be somewhere without smoke, go to one of the smoke-free restaurants. but, if smokers want to go out and have a bucket of coffee and a pack of cigarettes, i don't see what the big deal is. we don't mind when people go out do all sorts of other self-destructive things on their own time. what is it about smoking that invites so much disdain and strict public regulation?
i hope Israel's 20% rule works out. maybe some of the nanny states will be convinced to follow.