Sunday, January 13, 2008

Smoking Ban Update

Almost two weeks and counting, and France's ban on smoking in restaurants appears to be intact. What a joy to eat out and not come home smelling like a cigarette oneself! Of course, the French are still smoking in outdoor spaces which includes sidewalk cafés and the sidewalk itself. The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, an unabashed environmentalist, has voiced concern about the potential increase in cigarette butts being tossed on the ground. The solution: distribute thousands of cendriers de poche (pocket ashtrays). I have not seen anyone using one of these, however. Now if they could just come up with a pocket trash can for subway and bus tickets that litter that ground (to say nothing of the dog poop) we'd be in great shape.

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