Leave the Cigarettes at Home When Visiting France!

Tourists heading for a ski holiday in France or her capital Paris may want to consider kicking ‘butt’ on their smoking habit. Starting in France this year, smoking is now banned in all places that serve the public. That includes private businesses. Although 24 hours of grace was given for tipsy New Year’s party-goers, by midnight January 2 every smoker needed to ‘butt out’.

Naturally, French business owners are worried about the impact the smoking ban will have on profits. For this reason, businesses were given the option of installing an airtight, self-contained, fully ventilated smoking room. Now patrons who can’t sit through dinner without giving into the urge for a smoke can do so in these rooms without offending others.

A surprising number of business owners, however, won’t bother with a smoking room. Some cite the extra cost as a factor. Others simply say they support the ban on smoking, recognizing it as a national health issue. They simply prefer to encourage healthy lifestyles.

It may also have to do with the fact that about 75% of France’s population is in favor of the ban. It seems French smokers are in the minority. Business owners understand that most patrons want to enjoy dinner out without someone blowing smoke in their faces. Many restaurant, bar, and club owners have simply decided to cater to the majority.

France is not alone in its stand against cigarettes. A number of other European countries have similar bans, or at least partial bans, on smoking. Other areas that have adopted “no smoking” policies listened to business owners voice similar concerns about profits dropping after cigarettes were snuffed out.

The smoking ban didn’t make as big a dent in most business profits as was predicted. Many businesses did see an initial drop. Very shortly though, smoking patrons returned, deciding that it was better to give up smoking than eating out. Not surprisingly, non-smokers picked up much of the slack in business. Today, most business owners in ‘no-smoking’ areas report that the law has either made no difference in their bottom lines, or that business has actually improved.

Locals and tourists are still allowed to light up outside in many places. Restaurants with outdoor dining areas can seat smokers outside and stay within the law.

Perhaps French business owners should consider themselves fortunate to have this much latitude. Several major cities around the world have enacted bylaws that restrict even outdoor smoking. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada prohibits smoking within five meters of any door through which the public enters and exits. Vancouver, another Canadian city, no longer allows restaurant patrons to light up in outdoor dining areas.

In Andorra, a small country neighbouring France known for her ski holidays, smoking is still allowed in bars and restaurants. As Andorra is a tax haven cigarettes are cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. And ironically Andorra enjoys the longest average life expectancy of any country in the world – go figure!

While it seems that French smokers are slightly disgruntled by the smoking ban, most have grudgingly accepted it as reality. Many recognize that other parts of the industrialized world have already led the way in this effort. Some smokers have even said that it is the ‘push’ that they needed to give up their own habits. Overall, the French ban on lighting up in public has been received with accolades. So, if you’re planning a French vacation, think about leaving your cigarettes at home.

For holiday information about Andorra including snowboard and skiing holidays visit YourAndorra.com

The ski information includes the Soldeu ski resort.


Great Tips for Anyone Thinking about Cosmetic Surgery


Getting cosmetic surgery is not a light decision. You need to take your time and research the surgery you are having done, before committing to it. It is important that you find out as much as you can beforehand. Here are some things you need to consider, when you are deciding to have cosmetic surgery done.


You will probably have to remove hairs before the operation; ask your surgeon what method is best. Usually, waxing is the best solution, but you might be able to shave if you do not have a lot of hairs. Your surgeon should be able to recommend the better method and the best products.


When contemplating cosmetic procedures requiring surgery, it is wise to request a fair number of before and after photographs prior to scheduling your operation. By assessing the true potential as well as the limitations of your chosen procedure, you will head into the process with realistic expectations of what is achievable, thereby avoiding possible disappointment.


Before you decide on plastic surgery, consider other options that are available to you. Sometimes there are measures far less severe that could be taken to address the issue. You might be able to get satisfactory results by simply using make-up, going to a dermatologist or developing a better beauty regimen.


Check to see if your surgeon is qualified. When considering cosmetic surgery, you want to be sure that the surgeon you are using is competent. Check online reviews. Contact the medical board. If the surgeon is board-certified, and ask about any complaints. Checking the surgeon out now can save you a lot of grief later.


Before going under the knife, always seek out a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. It is imperative that you get to know your surgeon. Ask about his qualifications, and certifications. Request before and after photos. If possible, speak with former patients. A good surgeon will be proud to show off his best work, and will always be forthcoming about qualifications.


You should keep your expectations of the results of plastic surgery realistic. Most procedures are about just an improvement over what you already look like and will not create a new face. If the procedures are centered around body contouring, remember that this is not a weight loss procedure but will merely improve the shape of your body by a few degrees.


Finding out what you need to know, before you have cosmetic surgery, is important. Use the tips in this article to help form a foundation of knowledge about the surgery. Then you'll have a better idea of what to expect. Find out as much as you can, and you will make smart decisions about your surgery.