According to a recent government report, Berlin has the highest rate of lung cancer of the east German states. That's not much of a surprise. Berlin is home to many groups that tend to smoke a lot: young people, immigrants, and low income people. Cigarette smoke in Berlin is as common as coal in Newcastle. It's one of the things that still bothers me. Luckily, smoking is now prohibited inside restaurants, cafes, and public accommodation's. It can still be troublesome especially when trying to enjoy a coffee or meal at an outdoor cafe. Oh well, it's Europe, and it's something to expect when living here.