Monday, August 24, 2015

Cigarette Smoke in Berlin: A Fact of Life

Smoking is Healthier Than Fascism
I'm back in Berlin, and unfortunately, I'm reminded of why the Europeans are the world's biggest smokers and drinkers (don't get me started on all the broken beer bottles in the street).

In Berlin, it's difficult to escape the cigarette smoke. Recently, Germany past smoking bans in most public places despite resistance from popular smoking rights groups. In fact, there continues to be resistance to smoking bans (Hitler tried to push a smoking ban through in the 1930s but failed). There are even t-shirts around with smokers claiming they are being persecuted by anti-smoking Neo-Nazi legislators. Smoking in Berlin is just one annoyance a non-smoker needs to get used to. 

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