When you get to Austria or Slovakia or wherever, you notice that everyone smokes all the time. There are nominal nonsmoking places, for example, in your hotel room. But outside is free and free to smoke. Here are the stages of Euro smoking for an American tourister.
- Curiosity. “Wow, they smoke everywhere all the time. Isn’t that different?”
- Denial. “Smoking doesn’t really bother me all that much, actually.”
- Advocacy. “I actually kind of sort of a little like the smell a tiny bit maybe.”
- Investigation. “I wonder how many people actually smoke here and whether there’s more lung cancer?”
- Political correctness. “I suppose it’s not that great but this is Europe and I’m not here to impose my cultural values on people.”
- Indifference. “IDGAF if these fucking morons want to poison themselves and their babies.”
- Rage. “Quit blowing smoke in my lungs or I will kill you.”
- Contempt. “This is why you lost all those wars.”
- Resignation. “It’s their continent.”
- Emigration. “Thank dog I’m going home tomorrow.”
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