About a month ago, I posted about the new no smoking law passed in Israel, and how it was totally ignored at my local sushi/tapas bar. After hearing repeatedly how this law is being enforced in Tel Aviv, we ventured back to this local joint.
When we walked in, there were no ashtrays on the tables (compared to last time), and it didn’t seem to reek of cigarettes.
However, about 15 minutes into the evening, those that had just arrived, started to light up. Ok, not using the fancy ashtrays, but soy sauce dishes, provided by the bar tender… We summoned the manager, who’s response was that they can’t ask each and everyone not to smoke, and that we should take notice that there are no ashtrays, and there’s even a “smoking is bad for you” sign on the wall.
The manager expressed his disappointment at the level of enforcement of this law by those that are supposed to be enforcing it (I thought that meant him).
So, where do I stand on this? Very unhappy. For those that have experienced similar experiences, check out what you can do about it at http://www.linshom.com/. Apparently, these guys (and probably others), won’t act as required by law until they find themselves engaged in a few law suits.