I’m a non smoker. I’ve smoked a little bit, once in my life. At a party in the 12th grade, I was wasted, and I told someone to give me their cigarette. I took a long drag. Then I coughed. Then I puked. Then I kept coughing. That was the start and end of my smoking career.
As a non-smoker, I was delighted in 2006 when all of Ontario had gone smoke free in public places, even though most places were smokeless before that anyway.
Then, a year ago I got to South Korea, and I remember how strange it was going to a smoky bar. In Korea, some family restaurants are smoke free, but generally most places allow smoking. I would say well over half of the foreigners here in Samcheok smoke. I have learned to deal with it, but at times it can really suck.
A lot of people will say they’ll quit when they get back to their countries, and with good reason. Here a pack of cigarettes cost ₩2,500 ($2.20 CAD). That’s basically a fifth of the price of a pack in Canada. So many people say they’d quit at home, because it’s just too expensive. Makes sense.
I’m not saying I disapprove of any of my friends smoking or anything, I mean never mind the many, many health risks associated with this… Nor would I ever date a girl who smokes (okay, maybe if she’s really, really hot). That’s just something I deal with here in Korea. Don’t worry, after 3 or 4 beers I don’t notice it as much.