400 Years

Frank Davis

Something of a slight discussion broke out in the comments yesterday about whether oppressed and persecuted smokers should get organised. But they never seem to. And I often wonder whether they ever can be.

The smoking ban had an enormous effect on my life. I now think it had a larger effect than the last equivalent event that I experienced: the 1960s. But that’s just me. Most smokers don’t seem that bothered.

I meet them regularly when I sit outside English pubs in summer. They’re friendly, affable people. But when I get talking to them, it’s never about the smoking ban that had driven us both out into the garden, as if on a storm wind. Nobody wants to talk about that. None of them like it, but they don’t want to talk about it. They’d rather talk about something else. Like Brexit. Or Trump. Or the weather.

For them…

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