29 Answers

Smoking in Restaurants ?

Asked by: 31st August 2013


I just wanted to touch on the unthought fullness of most people who choose to smoke in the restaurants when you are trying to eat breakfast or an evening meal. I have no complaints with people wanting to smoke, but that doesn’t mean everyone else should have to smoke who is sat around them. 
It amazes me these people manage to cope for 4.5 hours on a jet but can’t cope for an hour or so during a meal. 
I would class these smokers who don’t care about who is sat only a couple feet around them as exceptionally rude, with no manners. 
This could be another reason to highly consider the all inclusive option again, which I’ve never had such problems. 



29 Answers

  1. jude on Aug 31, 2013

    not sure where you have been eating but smoking in restaurants and bars was made illegal in 2011 in spain and the canaries followed the year after,you can only smoke outside on open terraces or public areas

  2. John Trengrove on Aug 31, 2013

    On the open terraces you refer to it is legal for someone to sit on a table and puff smoke at someone sat 2 feet away on another table. I consider it wrong that a non smoker is required to sit inside where it can be often quite warm, just to get away from the smoke!
    As I originally stated, I consider it bad manners to carry out such an act.

    Also, these open terraces are often not quite so open as you make out really are they?

  3. Kitty on Aug 31, 2013

    Bad manners come in many forms. If you dont like what is around you then go somewhere else. Simples.

  4. John Trengrove on Aug 31, 2013

    This happens everywhere, unless you sit inside, or take all inclusive 🙂

  5. steve on Aug 31, 2013

    No John, it does not happen everywhere – it does not happen in my business and it does not happen in Judes business – it just seems to happen where you frequent! Try going somewhere else or tell the staff in the establishment.Moaning on here is not going to solve anything.

    As far as your obvious love for AI goes, try reading the article in todays La Voz about its effects.Do they not smoke in AI complexes by the way or do you have to sit inside to eat – where it is too warm! 😉

  6. jude on Aug 31, 2013

    i’m thinking mr trengrove just like to stir it up!! all of his posts centre around getting people to debate all inclusive, bad smoking manners happen everywhere, you think you are immune to it in all inclusive?? get a life mate or a hobby !!

  7. david charles hind on Aug 31, 2013

    Private car owner are you john,blasting out car fumes when passing me on the footpath,is that bad manners.

  8. David myers on Aug 31, 2013

    I think John has raised a good point smoke and food don’t mix so all you people who rely on holiday makers would it not be possible to split the outside seating area into two none smoking and one for smoking

  9. John Trengrove on Aug 31, 2013

    I drive a renault Zoe – David Hinds, electric car, none polluting. I take it you’re a smoker ?
    You’ll be fine in Judes or Steves, they will let you smoke

  10. david charles hind on Aug 31, 2013

    John i do not smoke next to people eating,i even ask permission even when they are not.

  11. david charles hind on Aug 31, 2013

    Also john,forget the odd smoker,worry more about the unwashed hands that have been serving themselves in AI hotels.A bigger risk to health.

  12. steve on Sep 01, 2013

    Firstly John, you can smoke on my terrace but nobody is sat “two feet next to each other”, so it would not bother you!

    Secondly, you drive an electric car, which is none polluting – how do you charge it? You do know how electricity is made don´t you.

    It is quite ironic that in previous posts you profess your love for Spanish bars and restaurants, yet these places are rife with smokers.You also state that you would not go 2000 miles to be sat in a British bar yet you would sit in an all inclusive hotel, which is usually full of Brits – all smoking and drinking.;)

  13. John Trengrove on Sep 01, 2013

    Seems like I’ve touched a nerve amongst all the bar owners of CT.
    An electric car isn’t going to kill me of smoke inhalation as with passive smoking.

    I’m sure if we can get a non smoker and non bar owner to read this they would agree.

    It’s only people within the CT ‘click’ that are against my views.

    Seems like this site has become more of an advertisement for people who own a CT bar these days as opposed to a forum to voice views and discuss various aspects of life on the island.

    David Charles Hind – you’re a true gent for asking to smoke, that is good manners, of course I’d say no 🙂

  14. steve on Sep 01, 2013

    John i am a non smoker 🙂

  15. John Trengrove on Sep 01, 2013

    Steve – you own a bar

  16. steve on Sep 01, 2013

    John you should work for dulux, as you are great at glossing over most of the points i made 😉

  17. John Trengrove on Sep 01, 2013

    I see you’ve all glossed over the post added by Mr Myers too, care to join me at Dulux Steve?

  18. steve on Sep 01, 2013

    Sorry John, i have adressed all my posts to you by name – at no point has he made a point at me directly.So where exactly have i glossed over a point aimed at me by him? 😀

  19. steve on Sep 01, 2013

    Anyway, i have a business to run here in the sun, where all my customers happily get along whether they are smoking on the terrace or not.Where customers make a complaint to me – if they ever have one and they do not need to go on a forum to complain about it.I have given my input as i have better things to do and i am sure you enjoy having the last word 😀

  20. John Trengrove on Sep 01, 2013

    Steve – I could happily go through each of your points and disagree with all of them but then how would that help?

    Fact is, you own a bar and won’t never agree with the point which I have raised.

    If you was to split the outside area, or stop people smoking on the terrace, you would risk losing custom from people who do smoke.

  21. jude on Sep 01, 2013

    to be honest i wasn’t even going to bother replying as i find this post fairly pointless and not really relevant or specific to lanzarote either, but hey ho!
    I am actually a pretty ardent non smoker as it happens! and really detest cleaning ashtrays,and selfish dirty smokers who litter the place with cigarette buts, but to ban smoking in a hospitality setting altogether would be really bad business sense,the majority of our customers are respectful smokers, in fact most actually get up and walk away from the table to smoke, but you will always get selfish smokers,as you will always get selfish drinkers,parents,drivers,pedestrians etc etc !! it would be lovely to live in a little utopia and my job would be infinitely easier, but sadly we don’t,
    and as a final word, why do you have such a grudge against business owners here john? we all work really hard out here, in all of the resorts i may add ! to try and help people have a good time on holiday,so why are you trying to be antagonistic?
    lets get back to what this forum is for, giving advice about lanzarote.

  22. John Trengrove on Sep 01, 2013

    Jude, I agree it would make bad business sense, but would you adopt the same view if you didn’t own a business ? We all want to sit outside and enjoy the lovely warm weather, why should a smoker prevent that from happening?

    I also don’t hold any grudge against any of you business owners out there. I’m sure you all do a supertabulous job !
    My concern comes when I see two responses from bar owners who seem negative in solving customers concerns

  23. david charles hind on Sep 02, 2013

    All this talking about smoking,fancy some kippers for breakfast lol

  24. John Trengrove on Sep 02, 2013

    Nice to hear you’re on solids David Charles Hind, you must have found your teeth 😀

    Was they in the ashtray? 😀


  25. lynsey davidson on Sep 02, 2013

    Well I’m completely against smoking, BUT i understand that when sitting, eating or drinking outside that I will probably end up next to or near a smoker. Its what happens, just the same as before the smoking ban you knew youd end up smelling it wafting from the smoking area. I wouldnt ever EVER use this as an excuse to go AI i’d much rather support the local businesses. I wouldn’t ever ask people to move when they are smoking and to be honest while on holiday I think people are actually more considerate and the plus side is the weather is nice so theyre not all huddled at the door way, smoking but trying to hide from the bad weather. Unfortunately for us non smokers, you’re never going to be far from a smoker but thats just the way the cookie crumbles. I think youre original post was probably posted to antagonise.

  26. mike on Sep 10, 2013

    I may aswell add my input to this post, firstly I am a non smoker, secondly it is annoying when your eating and someone starts smoking next to you…. however if it is an outside area then there is not much we can do about it. we got what we wanted when smoking was made illegal inside buildings an so on. we cant have everything and if smoking was made illegal everywhere then al the bars and restaurants we love to go to in costa tequise would be empty, making it very boring which we don’t want. although I am against it, it just woudnt make good business sense to ban smoking outright in all buildings.

  27. David myers on Sep 10, 2013

    I think you are talking sense Mike but what do these smokers do if the weathers not ideal for sitting outside they come inside and don’t smoke so they can manage to eat a meal without a fag
    On my last holiday I was sat outside when a family sat on the next table all adults put cigs on the table my first thought was to move as we were outside they was not doing anything wrong but I decided to stay put and what a nice surprise all the adults took it in turn to go and stand away from the restaurant on the pavement to have a cig and not blow the smoke at anyone eating
    This just goes to show some smokers are caring people with a brain its just the other 80 percent who are ignorant

  28. mike on Sep 12, 2013

    David, I agree, it is a difficult one to judge. It is respectful of smokers who think of the non smokers and move away while they smoke its just they have the right, like us to come inside if the weather aint great. We dont like it but not much we can do other than enjoy this beutiful island whilst we are there…. and ill be there a week exactly today 🙂

  29. David myers on Sep 13, 2013

    Hope you have a good one Mike my sons there now and the bad news is the weathers not to good it was raining yesterday in PDC hope it improves for you