I smoke. A lot. Bad habit, I know. And becoming an increasingly expensive one. Somehow, government managed to serve smokers a bad deal: banned from inside smoking almost everywhere, thus ruling out nice, social evenings at bars and cafés. And in return making us pay through our noses for cigarettes. My brand comes at 5,60 per pack. This means, I pay more for my cigarettes than for my rent nowadays. I keep telling myself, that this cost should well cover any extra health treatment I might ever need, because I do smoke. This argument shall be valid, until I will be kicked out of my health insurance for smoking. Which might well happen, if things keep on running the way they are.
Recently, the first court ruling was out in Germany, banning folks from smoking on their own balcony, because their upstairs neighbours didn’t like the wafts of smoke rising up to them. Next they will ban us from smoking in our own homes as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against refraining from smoking at other peoples homes, if they wish so, or in restaurants, while people are eating. Never needed a law for that. Plus, if fewer youngsters take up smoking as a result of the new regulations: good thing. I do accept, that we “smokers” pestered many an evening for non-smokers in bars and clubs for maybe too long. But why not have seperate smoking areas inside? Or even smoker bars and non-smoker bars, so people do have a choice? But no, this freedom is not granted any longer.
What bugs me most, is people annoying me now, even when I smoke outside. So far, I was more sick because of colds caught, sitting outside freezing, than from smoking itself. Next time somebody says to me in a beer garden: “Could you stop smoking please, it bothers me?” I’ll just reply: “Well, it kills me, and do I make such a fuss?”