i'm with you, zoe.
<P>in australia, smoking is not permitted in the kinds of places you mention, basheva: workplaces, etc. <P>restaurants have, in the past, had smoking and non-smoking sections, but most smoking sections are disappearing. australia is fairly health-conscious - that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of smokers or people with other unhealthy practices - but rather that the official government line is very big on health promotion.<P>dance studios are often private facilities, so the studio owner could make their own rule - but i have NEVER seen any school studio where smoking was allowed, and parents would not patronise one. <P>ballet companies used to include smokers - who would smoke outside during a break - so quite probably there ARE still dancers who smoke...but they have to be more discreet about it now, as it is so socially frowned on.....<P>i know of one former prima ballerina, with a definite cigarette addiction of many many years, who finally managed to stop smoking just last year, when offered a new job teaching in a university. i don't know whether that was her motivation, but i do know that teachers here are regarded as role models, and as such, smoking is not very acceptable behaviour, in a profession which depends on good health. i would hazard a guess that it could even be enough to stop one being appointed to such a position, with some selection panels, because 'setting an example' is taken so seriously, when one will be a mentor for young people.