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Thread #54672   Message #847719
Posted By: Naemanson
15-Dec-02 - 08:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: Smokers in Europe?
Subject: BS: Smokers in Europe?
Yesterday I applied for three jobs in Europe, two in Germany and one in Italy. This is something I have planned to do for a long time. My original goal was Italy but I really just want to try living in Europe for a while.

I have been doing a lot of researh on life in Italy but there is one thing that doesn't get any press at all and that is the prevalence of smokers in Europe. Here in the US we have different levels of anti smoking campaigns. Here in Maine there is no smoking allowed in restaurants or at any place the public gathers except for bars. Just across the border in New Hampshire the regulations are not quite so restrictive.

I have not been to Europe since 1974 and then it was a brief visit on a Navy ship. I don't remember smokers but then I was surrounded by smokers all the time, even in the US.

So what's the environment like over there now? Will I spend every evening wreathed in smoke and come home reeking of tobacco smoke? Will I be able to find places where I can breath relatively clean air?