I was at a special tasting recently which was being held in a function room within a pub.
Here in Australia, a pub is about the last place where people can still legally smoke indoors.
The crowd partaking in the tasting was a mixture of connoisseurs, enthusiasts, sales reps, liquor store owners, and other people in the drinks industry.
The malts being tasted were (amongst others) Glenmorangie 25 year old, and Ardbeg Lord of the Isles.
About halfway through the night, a man near me reached into his pocket, pulled out a packet of cigarettes, and asked his friend for a lighter.
Unfortunately for him, he was surrounded by about 6 keen malt enthusiasts, who threatened him with violence if he lit up!
My guess is that most people don't want to have cigarette or cigar smoke around when they're trying to enjoy a good malt!