Thursday 14 May 2009

British pub finds non-smoking loophole for deathwish customers


The landlady of a British pub has exploited a loophole in the country’s smoking ban by opening a “cancer and emphysema centre” where drinkers can light up legally, reports said today.

Locals at the Cutting Edge pub in Barnsley, northern England, must sign a form stating their desire to contract various forms of cancer and lung disease to satisfy legal requirements before sitting down for a drink and a cigarette in the “centre”.

Since opening the so-called research centre in the tap room, the number of customers to the quiet pub has jumped almost five-fold.

“To be honest, I didn’t realise so many people wanted to work towards a hideously painful and lingering death whilst enjoying a pint.” said landlady Kerry Fenton.

“But if you enjoy inhaling deadly carcinogens with your pint of bitter, then we’re your pub..sorry, centre.”

Loophole

The all-new cancer and emphysema centre exploits a little known loophole in the The Smoke-Free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations of 2007.

“The regulations clearly state that smoking for enjoyment is completely and utterly banned,” continued Fenton.

“But it makes no mention of people who are smoking with the specific intention of contacting life-limiting medical conditions.”

“Which is what everyone here is doing.  We’re just supplying beer as well.”

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