There are just some things that I’ll never be able to get used to about Lebanon..like the fact that you can order a pack of cigarettes at almost every restaurant and bar in the country..
I’m always amazed when I’m out with friends, and RIGHT after they finish eating, they order a pack of cigarettes (gross! especially after brunch!) , just like they’re ordering a soda refill..and even more amazed when establishments are fully stocked with every type, color, and strength of cigarette on the market. (And if they aren’t (which is rare)..they quickly send an errand boy to the store to pick it up for the customer).
So much for restaurants and bars becoming non-smoking in Lebanon. Not that I’m giving up on the thought outright.. It’s just that as time passes..and I spend more and more time in Lebanon, I’m becoming more realistic about it. (To this day, People still give me a strange look whenever I refuse a cigarette..come on dude..really? You’re the one willingly inhaling smoke into your lungs!!).
There are just too many factors and stakeholders involved (the owner of the establishment, the tobacco company, the cigarette distributor, and last but definitely not least..the addicted smoker). ..and the habit is just too deeply ingrained into every aspect of Lebanese society!
Shame Shame Shame. *moves pointer finger back and forth in disapproval*
What’s next? Will cigarettes start to be featured on menus? *Scoffs*