too much SMOKING in Europe

One thing North America has done right is to reduce smoking.

I hate visiting Europe for this one reason.

Eduard Benko. Romania, 2009

According to the World Health Organization, 21.9 percent of Americans smoked tobacco in 2018. In comparison, the average smoking rate for Europe was 28.7 percent.

When you look at the approximate number of cigarettes smoked per person per year, the picture is even more striking. Out of the 20 countries that smoke the most cigarettes, 15 of them are entirely or partially in Europe. The United States is 68th on the list. …

From U.S. surgeon general warnings to campaigns by groups like the American Cancer Society, the messaging has been clear since the 1960s: smoking cigarettes is bad for you. And it’s worked. About 96 percent of Americans believe smoking cigarettes is at least somewhat harmful to your health. …

Why Do So Many People Smoke Cigarettes In Europe?

Obviously the EU has to educate, educate, educate … and legislate.

Here’s my nearest grocery store in Stuttgart. Nothing but nicotine products while waiting in line to check out.


Tim Hortons Glasgow

I don’t like Europe.

Too many smokers. Not enough toilets.

Scotland is better than most other nations, however. And it’s gotten at least 1% better IMHO with the opening of 2 Tim Horton’s franchises in Glasgow.

homeless downtown Montreal

I spent a few weeks this year near the Berri-UQAM Metro station on Rue Sainte-Catherine, heart of downtown Montreal. There are a LOT of homeless people. It reminds me of a major American city in that way.

One survey (Douglas Mental Health University / 800+ volunteers) counted 3,016 homeless in the city. 10% aboriginal. 10% immigrants. Veterans 6%.

Other guesstimates have been 10 times as high.

I was there during warmer months. During winter these folks need to find someplace heated.

A harsh and boring life, seems to me. They all seem to have cigarettes. Somehow.


Not sure what can be done to reduce the numbers. A guaranteed minimum income experiment — or new kinds of free housing — could be tried.



in North America the poor & less educated smoke

There’s hope for the world.

The national smoking rate (USA) has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. …

America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

Smokers are mostly embarrassed that they can’t quit in North America.

Not so in Europe. There the cool kids still smoke. Proud of it.

Why can’t Europeans quit smoking?

I don’t get it.

Europe so smoking

Romanians ask me — as a tourist — how I like Romania.

Too much smoking, is my reply.

Eduard Benko. Romania, 2009

Romania did not ban smoking in bars, cafes and restaurants until 2016. A backwards nation.

In fact, here are a few nations with even higher rates of smoking: Montenegro, Belarus, Macedonia, Slovenia, Belgium, Luxembourg.

Europeans are the world’s biggest smokers and drinkers. I couldn’t live in Europe. Aside from second hand smoke, many addicts give me the impression that their main reason to live is to get to the next cigarette. In about 4 minutes. 😦

Africans smoke the least, overall, by the way. It’s a pleasure to travel there.


Live Long And Prosper

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by long term poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath and cough with sputum production. …

Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of COPD, with a number of other factors such as air pollution and genetics playing a smaller role. …

Leonard Nimoy died of complications from COPD on February 27, 2015, at the age of 83. He’d quit smoking 30 years earlier, but still suffered from the self-inflicted wound of cigarette addiction.

Near the end he wished his story might help reduce the number of COPD cases each year. It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States.

More than 3 million people died of COPD in 2012, which is equal to 6% of all deaths globally that year.



indiegogo – COPD: Highly Illogical-A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

via Rob Sawyer