Across Scotland, smokers resigned themselves to the new restrictions. John Mckenzie, 80, a veteran of the Korean War and a smoker for 60 years, said in a pub on Dumbarton Road, Glasgow: I never thought Id see the day when a simple pleasure like having a fag with your pint would be against the law.

The only thing that is likely to get up people’s noses is the smell: without the smoke to cover it up, most drinkers will suddenly realise that, after eight pints of beer, their odours are far from attractive and unlikely to win them success at “smirting” — the new craze of smoking and flirting which is expected to give a lift to many a jaded love life outside pub doors.

This is funny since I noticed the same thing in a non smoking bar in Baltimore, you can smell the farts across the bar.

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