Smoking in Australia

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Smoking is banned in pretty much all public places in NY (and many parts of the US) for years, I’ve gotten used to it, I expect it everywhere, but that’s not the case.

So when I was in Australia I was surprised by how much smoking I saw.  I didn’t research the laws, but it seemed to be banned in restaurants, but was not banned in the outdoor areas of restaurants.  Since the weather was nice I ate outside whenever I had the opportunity. But there was always someone smoking! I was not a fan of it.

I’m not sure if it was because of the difference in where you could smoke, or if smoking is more prevalent in Australia, but it felt more widespread in Australia than back home.  Has anyone else noticed this?

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