Monday, 8 November 2010

One rule for them ...

President Sarkozy's world class new jet is fitted with an 'air filter system, so that he can smoke cigars'.

Yes, France does have a ban, although enforcement does not seem thorough. It is a less draconian one than ours allowing employees of private companies to smoke in sealed rooms. But nonetheless it is a ban.

A writer in the Telegraph can explain to a UK audience that Sarkozy can smoke on the official plane because of the air filtration and expect them to make sense of the logic. Even though the logic doesn't apply here in the UK because officially there is no safe level of secondary smoke, the UK audience can follow it because it's common sense. Filtration (to take out particles that could be harmful) should enable smoking to take place without any damage to third parties.

But it's not legal, because the authorities declare it to be impossible that filtration can do the job.

The last high profile exemption to the smoking ban that I remember was at the G20 in London, 2009, when smoking was allowed at the Excel Exhibition Centre. There may be more, and each one undermines the fiction that smoke is not a negotiable, solvable problem. Because air filtration allows smoking: simple as.


Anonymous said...

The Air management systems on aircraft have always been capable of removing cigarette smoke, they exchange and heat the inside air with outside air.

The airlines have learned that a small saving in aviation fuel costs can be made by reducing the number of air changes so Sarkozy's aircraft wil be slightly more expensive to run than its airline equivelent.

It would be interesting to see how much the infection rate from colds ect has increased since the smoking ban on aircraft.

In regard to G20 it is likely that the parcipitating heads of state all have diplomatic immunity and for local councils to sting the venues under the Health Acts would ensure that no British venue would take on such lucrative work without some form of immunity from prosecution.

John Watson

Anonymous said...

Now we have new technology approved by the UK Government called Close Coupled Field Technology that has been fully tested by the NHS Rapid Review Panel

Bill Gibson

Belinda said...

Tested for what? secondary smoke?

Anonymous said...

Something much more dangerous ... airborne viruses but I also have the results of the technology working in an environment containing ETS


Anonymous said...

I always seem to be ill after flying, I am convinced it has something to do with the air filtration systems