"A smoking section in a restaurant is like a peeing section in a swimming pool” is a jocular one-line saying that has been printed on posters and has been cited in print since at least 1997, when it was said by Canadian comedian Dave Broadfoot. The saying means that smoke in a restaurant spreads—like pee in a swimming pool—and that special smoking sections (or non-smoking sections) are unlikely to contain the smoke for non-smokers.
8 November 1996, The Record (Kitchener, ON), “Dave Broadfoot’s 70 and still going strong,” pg. B5:
His one-liners range from the sharply political ... to mild social commentary ("If you can have a smoking section in restaurants, why not a peeing section in swimming pools?") ...
Posted by Jan Bulagik on April 07, 1997 at 11:22:51
Isn’t making a smoking section in a restaurant a little like making a peeing section in the swimming pool?
From: “Lamoureaux, Shona”
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 08:02:01 +1300
Quote of the month: Having a Smoking Section in a restaurant is like having a Peeing Section in a pool!
21 December 1999, Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) Herald, “Smoke-free air welcomed,” pg. A10, col. 3:
I remember our mayor once commenting that having a “no-smoking” section in a restaurant is akin to having a “no-peeing” section in a swimming pool.
14 November 2002, Denver (CO) Post, “Future still cloudy on city smoking ban” by Cindy Brovsky, pg. B1:
“A smoking section in a restaurant is like a peeing section in a swimming pool,” said Dave Gleason of Evergreen, who endorses a statewide ban like the one in California.
18 June 2003, Hyde Park Herald (Chicago, IL), “Locals weigh in on possible restaurant smoking ban” by Mema Ayi, pg. 7, col. 3:
Coalition member Rev. Leslie Saunders Sr. says there is no such thing as dividing smokers from non-smokers in restaurants. “The non-smoking section is just like the non-peeing section in pools. Non-smoking sections just do not work,” he said.
Council Of Bears
By Pete Merrill
Victoria, BC: Trafford
When I got home I put up a “Ralph” sign that said, “A SMOKING SECTION IN A RESTAURANT IS LIKE A PEEING SECTION IN A SWIMMING POOL”.
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7 February 2005, Philippine Daily Inquirer, “On the Road” by Aida Sevilla-Mendoza, pg. B2-3, col. 3:
TODAY’S BUMPER STICKER: Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.
By A A Bell
New York, NY: HarperCollins
‘A smoking section in a restaurant? You’re kidding. Isn’t that like having a peeing section in a swimming pool?’
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