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Because of another thread, I decided to start this one to see how many places still allow smoking (tobacco) in bars and nightclubs.
 

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Here there are none (it's illegal in place of work). Smokers congregate outside pub and club front doors or by fire exits etc. But quite a few players want to smoke in rehearsal, i think. That can be a difficult one.
 

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there was an astonishing non-spoof picture in a UK medical journal ~ 3 years ago:
a bar in germany provided three holes in the wall, padded so as not to cause discomfort: one for the head & one each for the arms - so the patrons could smoke "outside" without the bother of leaving the premises!

it was only in the paper edition - or I'd put up the link

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When New York went No Smoking, a number of bar owners and restaurateurs announced The Official End Of The World: they'd rend their garments, go out of business, kill puppies, etc. Now, a few years later: they're still in business -- in fact, a number say business is better! -- I don't come home from a gig stinking (or, at least, not stinking of *smoke*...), and the puppies live to bite another day.

(Unless you gig at one of the casinos around here, owned by the Seneca Nation. Desperate people, oblivious to the humanity around them, smoke feverishly while pulling the levers of their slot machines. Astoundingly, the House wins more often than they do. Good times...)
 

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Now, a few years later. . . I don't come home from a gig stinking...of *smoke.
When I used to come home after gigs in Germany, I would just go straight to the washing machine and toss everything I was wearing into it and close its door, just to keep the smell from spreading. I couldn't shower at 0200 or 0300 in the morning without disturbing the neighbors, so I'd go to bed like that. The next morning, every square inch on my body smelled like an ash tray. Yuck!
 

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When I was based in West Berlin in the early 80's I was initially overwhelmed by the amount of smoke in the clubs and it was making playing for a night difficult. Another sax player told me what to do, buy some mild tobacco and smoke 5 or 6 a day to build up a tolerance. I've never been a tobacco smoker so it was fairly awful but it actually did build up my tolerance for the 5 nights a week I was gigging. And I haven't been a smoker since then.

Here in Mass there in no smoking in clubs etc. anymore.
 

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Louisiana allows smoking in bars. It sucks.

I had a house keyboard gig @ a club a few years back & it took well over a year for the odor to dissipate from my gear. :(
 

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I rehearse once a week with a big band in an artists collective loft. It's not a business so the smocking ban doesn't apply. The next day when I pick up my horn, the odor gets in my throat...it's beyond me why in this day and age people still smoke.
 

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When New York went No Smoking, a number of bar owners and restaurateurs announced The Official End Of The World: they'd rend their garments, go out of business, kill puppies, etc. Now, a few years later: they're still in business -- in fact, a number say business is better! -- I don't come home from a gig stinking (or, at least, not stinking of *smoke*...), and the puppies live to bite another day.

(Unless you gig at one of the casinos around here, owned by the Seneca Nation. Desperate people, oblivious to the humanity around them, smoke feverishly while pulling the levers of their slot machines. Astoundingly, the House wins more often than they do. Good times...)
Pretty much the same experience in Australia (minus the Seneca nation). Pubs and bars were the last bastion of smokers but now the desparate go outside. In my office building the smokers outside in the street are predominantly women - about 2 or 3 to 1. It kind of looks a bit like they are plying for some red light trade.

I'm also finding that it's rarer for friends to allow smoking in their homes. Only my older (pre-smoking) instruments have that stale tobacco smell deeply imbedded in their cases. No doubt the newere horns will take on a smell of their own in time, but at least it will be MY smell not smoke :) I find the attitude of smokers varies from abject shame to belligerent defiance.
 

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Yeah, we puffed while playing and put our butts out on the floor of the stage...
 

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When I played in Berlin in the late 70's our main gig was in a pub in a partly bombed out house. A wonderful venue, but on smoggy and very cold nights you could not see from the stage to the other end of the pub for smoke. England is now, thank God, free of smokey venues: it had no effect on the vibe at gigs at all, despite all the moaning, and I no longer have to throw my stuff straight in the wash. I was quite shocked when in Prague not long ago, where smoke is everywhere and one feels like objecting; Bosnia was even worse.
 

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None here in Maricopa County. I quit playing in bars before they banned smoking. They still smoke in the "private" clubs like the VFW, Moose Lodge[rolleyes] and similar places.
 
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