Italian smoker culture?

It’s nothing new that the rather strict Bavarian smoking ban in restaurants and pubs made many innkeepers declare their pubs “smoker clubs” to circumvent the ban.

Attributing smoking to the “Bavarian tavern culture”, as restaurant association & co. like to do it, is already somewhat stranger, less understandable.

But a “Ristorante & Pizzeria” running an ad with the following lines (my translation) in a local weekly newspaper is something I don’t really understand, content-wise.

For preservation of the Italian dining and smoker culture, entry to our restaurant is from now on restricted to members only.

Naturally all guests, including non-smokers, who wish to keep visiting us will receive a corresponding membership card for free in our restaurant.

We hereby ask for your understanding and are happy to welcome you as our guests again.

Now I’m wondering:

  • What does founding a smoker club have to do with Italian meal/dining culture?
  • Is there any Italian smoker culture at all?
  • Does the only Italian (according to the Yellow Pages) among four restaurants in Ilmmünster, a village of 2000 people in the county of Pfaffenhofen, really need such a campaign because too many smokers are staying away? Preservation of Italian meal culture in Ilmmünster because they’d have to close otherwise, despite being rated very good at pafnet, better than all Italians I know here in town? *

They certainly don’t get my understanding for this flimsy campaing; at any rate, I consider a smoking ban in restaurants(!) good.

 


* Might be a side effect due to the lack of possibilities of comparison there in Ilmmünster, though.

5 Comments

  1. SB

    Mittlerweile find ich das mit den Raucherclubs nicht mal so schlecht. Wir können in die normalen Kneipen und Restaurants gehen und die Drogenabhängigen gehen in ihre “Coffeeshops”. In diesem speziellen Fall glaube ich, dass der Wirt einfach rauchen möchte.

  2. c

    Hm, ja, dazu eine (einigermaßen gut sichtbare, aber nicht lächerlich-übertriebene) Kennzeichnung am Eingang…

    In diesem speziellen Fall glaube ich, dass der Wirt einfach rauchen möchte.

    Das kann natürlich auch sein. :)

  3. jL

    Also bei Kneipen kann man sich wirklich streiten, aber wie du oben schon sagtest, bei einem SPEISElokal will ich keinen Rauch. Das verdirbt einfach den Appetit.

    Die Werbekampagne ist vielleicht etwas übers Ziel hinausgeschossen, weil die einfach witzig sein wollten?!?

  4. S

    Rauchverbot in Speiselokalen ist ok, aber einen Zwang gegen die eigene Stammkundschaft durchzusetzen ist schon merkwürdig.
    Aber, in Italien, um das Beispiel aufzugreifen, können die Menschen sehr gut mit den Rauchverboten leben. Jedenfalls wie ich es im Urlaub dort erlebt habe.

    Also mal immer ruhig mit dem Thema umgehen, die Raucher sind die Süchtigen nicht die Nichtraucher, das sollte jeder Raucher, wie ich auch als Raucher, bedenken bei seinem Tun,wenn er sich so aufregt und solche Anzeigen wie diese oben schaltet.

  5. A

    It really has nothing to do with Italian Dinning culture – obviously….
    I can’t understand it personally – these days having a smoking club would keep away more clients than it would draw….
    the logic escapes me.

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