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« on: March 19, 2018, 02:27:46 pm »


from The New York Times....

Austria's Far Right Wants the Freedom to Smoke

The country's vice-chancellor and sports minister, a notorious smoker himself,
promised to roll back a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.


By PALKO KARASZ | Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Wirtshaus Zum Leupold restaurant in Vienna. Unlike in other capitals of Western Europe, smoking remains widespread in the city. — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.
The Wirtshaus Zum Leupold restaurant in Vienna. Unlike in other capitals of Western Europe, smoking remains widespread in the city.
 — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.


VIENNA — Three winters ago, during a highly public fight against lung cancer, Kurt Kuch, a smoker and prominent journalist in Austria, threw his popularity behind a “Don't Smoke” campaign, hoping to spare others his fate.

After his death, at 42, the lobby succeeded, and the Austrian government agreed to ban smoking in bars and restaurants starting this May.

That was until the recent electoral success of the far-right Freedom Party, whose leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, himself an avid smoker, wants to give Austrians the choice to continue to puff away with a coffee or a meal.

As soon as his party entered a coalition government last year, Mr. Strache, vice-chancellor and sports minister, promised to step back from a total ban, saying he was acting “in the spirit of entrepreneurial freedom.”

The decision has stunned almost everyone involved — doctors, restaurant and cafe owners, and smokers themselves. Even the health minister, who is from Mr. Strache's party, expressed concern.

But it also fits neatly with the Freedom Party's anti-establishment and quasi-libertarian tilt. “Freedom of choice” is the flip side of a far-right agenda that otherwise seems inclined to dictate to citizens, especially those from minorities, everything from whether they can wear head coverings to whom they should marry.

The push to upend the smoking ban has stirred more than the usual consternation.

Although the European Union does not impose regulations on smoke-free environments, it has made a set of recommendations that has led many members to introduce strict bans on smoking in public places in recent years.


The owner of Café Fürth, Helmut Haller, said he followed trends in the United States, Australia and Britain and had never allowed smoking. — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.
The owner of Café Fürth, Helmut Haller, said he followed trends in the United States, Australia and Britain and had never allowed smoking.
 — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.


Austria has one of the highest smoking rates among adults in the European Union, and was one of only two member states where the number of adults who smoked regularly did not decrease from 2000 to 2015, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Thomas Szekeres, the president of the Vienna Medical Association, appeared baffled during an interview in his office. Banning indoor smoking, he said, was not an attempt to single out smokers but a move against “smoking and harming the health of people.”

“People need an example to see what happens when you smoke and that it could happen to them, too,” he said.

Mr. Szekeres has been one of the high-profile backers of the “Don't Smoke” campaign and has promoted a petition asking the government to think again. It gathered more than 500,000 signatures in the month that followed, in a country of about 8.8 million.

“We want to show the politicians responsible that the people are in favor of a ban on smoking,” Mr. Szekeres said.

The conflicting public currents around the smoking ban have intensified scrutiny of the Freedom Party, which was founded partly by former Nazis after World War II, and what it might do now that it has entered government.

Last December, when Mr. Strache's party received key portfolios in Austria's new government, an article in the German weekly “Die Zeitcommented: “They don't want to bite, just to smoke,” referring to the proverb that barking dogs don't bite.

The motto Mr. Strache has repeated since he floated the idea of overturning the ban during last year's election campaign is “freedom of choice instead of forceful state regulation.” Responsible citizens, he has said, must be able to make these choices themselves.




On social media, in between anti-immigrant and nationalistic messages, his party also championed bread-and-butter causes.

Its former presidential candidate, Norbert Hofer, called for “higher tax on motorways for foreigners”; and a regional politician, Gottfried Waldhäusl, promoted “freedom of choice” with a picture of a cup of coffee beside a burning cigarette.

“It's a policy which in a certain way is not suspicious of being traditionally right-wing,” said Anton Pelinka, a professor of political science at the Central European University in Budapest. “It's a fight against the new enemy, which is called political correctness.”

The bill that is scheduled to go before parliament is based on the “Berlin model,” named after the German capital, which prohibits smoking in most public places but allows it in smaller establishments and in designated areas.

It includes protective steps like increasing the minimum age for smoking from 16 to 18 and is due to go in front of the country's Parliament this week.

Unlike in other capitals of Western Europe, in Vienna smoking remains widespread. Not only is the sight of smoking rooms in bars and restaurants common, cigarettes are easily purchased from vending machines in the streets.

Last December, Mr. Strache appeared at a gathering of restaurant owners in a smoke-filled wine bar near Austria's Parliament. The rally, hosted by the bar's owner, Heinz Pollischansky, carried the message that restaurant and bar owners opposed the ban.

But Vienna's gastronomy scene is split over the question. The famous coffee houses on the city's tourist trail have already banned smoking, in anticipation of this year's deadline.


The owners of Café Hummel, a family business, invested thousands of euros in separating smoking and non-smoking areas. But last year they made the cafe fully non-smoking. — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.
The owners of Café Hummel, a family business, invested thousands of euros in separating smoking and non-smoking areas.
But last year they made the cafe fully non-smoking. — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.


Others, like Café Hummel, a family business, have invested thousands of euros in separating smoking and non-smoking areas — and paid fines after complaints from nons-moking guests for failing to contain the smoke.

Christine Hummel, the manager, is the third generation in her family at the helm of this classic Viennese establishment. “We've been here since 1935, and since 1935 it was smoking,” said Ms. Hummel, who is not a regular smoker but enjoys a cigarette with a glass of wine.

Last year, Ms. Hummel had enough of the complaints and fines and declared her cafe fully non-smoking. She said she immediately lost many regulars, about 5 percent of the annual clientele, and others cut back on orders. But the decision allowed her to turn to a new clientele.

“Times change,” she said. “We have to look toward the future.”

A sign of those changing times is Café Fürth, a small venue that shares its central space with two offices and its own coffee roasting operation.

The owner, Helmut Haller, 30, was on his day off, trying out a new coffee machine and a concoction of iced espresso with blood-orange lemonade. A far cry from the classical coffee house proprietor, Mr. Haller said he followed trends in the United States, Australia and Britain and never allowed smoking.

“Global coffee culture is a non-smoking culture,” he said.

Still, he said he placed his business in the Viennese cafe tradition, which provided a meeting point for great figures of fine arts, literature and philosophy.

“In Austria we're slower with change,” he said of his country's position between Germany and the Balkans.

He said that both some residents and visitors had their minds set on a certain idea of Vienna, described with the German word “Gemütlichkeit,” which translates as a broad feeling of comfort or cosiness.


“It's like a reward for waking up early”: smokers at Café Europa, in central Vienna. — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.
“It's like a reward for waking up early”: smokers at Café Europa, in central Vienna. — Photograph: Akos Stiller/The New York Times.

But even many smokers who enjoy a chance to light up see in the ban an opportunity to set themselves free.

One was Philippe Mayer, a 41-year-old musician with blond dreadlocks who had settled into the dimly lit smoking room of Café Europa, in central Vienna, after dropping off his daughter at kindergarten.

“It's like a reward for waking up early,” Mr. Mayer said. But even as he enjoyed his cigarette, he, like his country, had mixed feelings about it.

“Smoking gives me a kind of feeling like slavery,” he said. “It would be helpful if it were banned.”


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• Palko Karasz is a digital editor for The New York Times, based in the London newsroom. He is part of a digital team that covers live news, including recent terrorist attacks and elections across Europe. He uses tools like Facebook Live and Snapchat to tell stories and make sure international news stories reach their audience. He also writes features, often from Central and Eastern Europe. With the help of reader submissions he has told stories about corruption in the deep tissue of Romanian society and about integration of refugees in Germany. His previous work included coverage of the migration crisis and its aftermath in Hungary and Austria, Viktor Orban's government in Hungary, and emerging cultural trends in Central Europe. Mr. Karasz studied journalism and politics at Sciences Po Paris. Before London he lived and worked in Bucharest, Budapest and Paris.

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hahaha now people who smoke are labeled as the far right

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