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Smoking Ban, Take Two

Having already introduced a smoking ban in bars six years ago, which Dutch smokers and bar owners alike wisely ignored, the Dutch government are back for yet another swing at intruding into the personal lives of citizens in the name of public health.

The government, whose reactionary tendencies have already pretty much wiped out the Netherlands reputation for being an easy-going and liberal country, are clearly alarmed by the widespread rejection of their authority last time; the new complete ban was meant to be introduced at the beginning of July, was postponed until October and, now, it appears they will wait until the new year.

Of course, smoking is bad for you, so, we heartily encourage our beloved readers to ditch the habit if at all possible, but be sure to hold onto your lighter, you never know when you might get the chance to set fire to a politician.

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