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.


DONE – 10km in 1 hour

I’ve never been a serious runner. But in Bermuda I usually run as it’s difficult to cycle the narrow roads here.

Day-by-day I built up distance until I reached 10km.

At that point I tried to reduce time to hit the goal of 10k in one hour, a pace I’d done a number of times in the past.

My last full day in Bermuda I walked to the Rail Trail to avoid the one big hill I’d been running.

Pushed hard to stay under 6 minute splits on the kilometre. That worked for the first 7km … then I got tired. A big push on #10 at 5min 34sec got me to the goal.

reality check – That is from my Strava app. … But my Apple Watch workout app says I missed by 46 seconds. I believe Strava is correct. Apple watch less accurate.

My first HURRICANE – Umberto

No problem for me.

But schools and Gymnastics clubs in Bermuda were closed for at least 2 days.

The Category 3 storm’s 120 mph winds left 80% of the island — more than 27,000 people — without power

Our power went out for about 14 hours. During peak winds in our home bunker, we played Mexican Train dominos.

Next morning we surveyed the damage. Some gas leaks, nine medical incidents and three structural fires. One roof blew off.

Bermuda rarely sees storms as big and powerful as Humberto. Only 21 hurricanes have passed within 100 miles of the Atlantic Ocean paradise over the past century …

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The rail trail where I run is impassible due to fallen trees.

Follow your Bliss

Joseph Campbell taught me this life principle:

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

For me that means DO the things I like best. Avoid the things I like least.

That includes people. I believe in Freedom of Speech. And also Freedom from Speech.

For example, if you support Trump I NEVER want to speak to you again for the rest of our lives.