And how slowly the rest of the world has taken to catch up. I lived in Scotland for a year five years ago, and EVERYBODY smoked at the office building I worked at. Because of the constant rain, they even had a "Smoking Shelter" (or Fag Shelter, fill in your own joke) which resembled a glass-framed bus stop hut. That thing was overflowing with people and white clouds right next to the front door.
Now...the UK has a smoking ban in all public places. Airport did away with their outdoor "smoking balcony", pubs, streets, offices, etc. Only private housing is where you can do it, though I noticed a number of people strolling down High Street bucking the system.
I am glad about the smoking ban. California was the first state to ban it in public places in 1998. Then other states started doing the same afterwards.
Smoking is bad for your lungs, it is still bad for them if you are around the smoke and you aren't even smoking. It is not fair to the other people who don't smoke to be in danger of their healths by smokers. It is even unfair to force them out of places or force them to move to another spot just because someone lit a cigarette near them. I cannot imagine being at work and having to sit in the office during a meeting and suffer with the smoke from the other employees. No wonder they banned it.
As late as 2000, my boss smoked in his office. The building was supposed to be smoke-free but it was an unwritten rule that you could smoke in your own office if no one else minded. Now who was going to tell the boss his cigarette smoke made you gag?
I saw that scene and man... wow I think it would have been something to have that happening! I was so wondering if thats how it really was in the 80's and it would appear to be that way! I was born in '80 so had no chance of seen it. Board meetings in the +04 era are not anything like that...
Ive seen many 80's early 90's scenes like that, were the peoples attitudes bit more laid back, back then also??
I miss the eighties-I was at my happiest in life then and movies were awesome!
It makes me feel old reading through this thread about how much things have changed.
I was watching another film with Michael Keaton called "Night Shift" in 1982. they were walking down the street and you see theatres playing XXX porn flicks. Now days, just a few clicks with a mouse and you can have 1000 of streaming porn videos, no I.D....at least back then you had to go through the embarrassment and provide proof you were an adult.
I can't say I like that about how things have changed.