The anti-smoking laws in my country are very strict, it is basically illegal to smoke anywhere in public. One of the problems is that they (the Government) rushed the laws through without proper consideration. So, almost overnight, smokers were banned from just about everywhere with no mandatory provisions being made at all for designated smoking areas.
As an example: my lovely wife and I recently visited the Brisbane Tennis Center to watch some of the top tennis being played. The complex is massive, encompassing around 5 acres of land, 90% of which is outdoors. Smoking is banned throughout and there is no separate smoking area at all. Although I do entirely agree with the most of the non-smoking legislation, I believe it has been implemented (here anyway) without much forethought nor regard for people who remain in the grip of the habit.
Smoking is illegal but cigarettes are not. If the Government was fair dinkum about the whole thing they would have just banned tobacco products altogether - but they would never do that because they would then lose all that lovely revenue generated by tobacco sales, compliments of the massively excessive tax.
(okay, after that rant - I think I'd better light up a ciggy and relax