The numbers of smokers in Canada is at an all-time low. However, a University of Texas study released this week indicated an interesting trend: of 10,000 women aged 18-25, all smokers, surveyed, 62 per cent identified as light smokers and 72 per cent said they don’t smoke every day. In other words: the social smoker is on the rise.
Casual smoking isn’t just remarkably useful as a social tool, it’s just … nice. Smoking complements so many other consumables that themselves ought to be taken in moderation, including but not limited to a stiff drink, a hot coffee and the last bite of a rich meal. Doing away with the cigarette altogether — separating it from its soulmates caffeine, alcohol and general decadence — seems more like deprivation than healthy living. And really, a life well lived is a life lived in pursuit of the simplest pleasures.
Have you noticed a lot more social smokers? What do you think? Are you one of them?
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