I've become very used to heading into a bar in Europe and wading thru smoke. I keep a machete on hand for just that purpose -- it is that thick.
And here is my obligatory stereotype comment: European is full of smokers. Fine with me. It's the culture. I'm not about to tell anybody to stop. But I am happy to return to the United States where the anti-smoking peeps have dug in and keep the air smoke-free in restaurants and bars and whatnot. Here in EU? I just deal. No complaints.
Today? Oh, dear. I've realized that the people here have elevated smoking to a whole new level. Not quite to Millenium levels, but wow.
I was out walking through the nearby forest / park. Some serious stuff here, with big trails for walking, biking, and even horses. Today, I finally saw some peeps on horses. They're at walking speed on the trail, going the opposite way. And guess what?
They're smoking. On the back of the horse. In the beautiful outdoor forest.
I hope these people will wake up one day and realize the world is a much more beautiful, clean, and clear place, when the haze of their smoke is not filling their lungs and face. I don't mind (lots of fresh air out there), but I feel bad for them ... not realizing what they are missing.