Smoking Bans Worsening Energy Consumption?

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If you live in one of the many areas that have implemented smoking bans over the past few years, you’ve likely been able to appreciate cleaner air inside of many bars and restaurants, while smokers stay outside. But did you realize that in colder climates, smokers are provided with a heat source for their smoking area which is often electric heat? In some places, like Scandinavia, some restaurant owners even go as far as to internally heat the pavement of their sidewalks to make sure all of their patrons are comfortable. This power isn’t being used in a positive way, because nearly all of the heat escapes into the atmosphere in seconds. Although we’re all happy to be able to eat in a smoke-free environment, is there something that these restaurant and bar owners can do to save some of the massive amounts of power their patios are using?

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  • Ian Andrew

    As the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greener Ideal, Ian has been a driving force in environmental journalism and sustainable lifestyle advocacy since 2008. With over a decade of dedicated involvement in environmental matters, Ian has established himself as a respected expert in the field. Under his leadership, Greener Ideal has consistently delivered independent news and insightful content that empowers readers to engage with and understand pressing environmental issues.

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1 thought on “Smoking Bans Worsening Energy Consumption?”

  1. In my opinion, all this just looks very strange. I don’t understand people who are so addicted that they can’t have dinner without their vape or cigarette. At the same time, there is nothing terrible to smoke for 5 minutes outside, even if it is cold there. At the same time, companies are now launching more durable devices like which should improve the environmental situation.


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