...so why the hell does anyone smoke there?

Some Berliners don’t seem to give a damn about the smoking ban in the tube stations. Others don’t smoke themselves, but they fiercely defend the smokers, if you dare to reprimand them. Even though it’s forbidden (and it’s Germany, for fuck’s sake!), I’ve never seen anyone being fined for blowing those stinky, toxic fumes into people’s faces. But apparently they would only have to cough up mere 15€ anyway. Is that a joke?

From my point of view, smoking is just like farting. Sure, sometimes you’re forced to do it, be it by physiology or by addiction, but on the other hand you can also hold it for a while and do it in a more appropriate moment. They both stink, they are both unpleasant for the people around you. And smoking is even worse, because of its negative effect on passive smokers’ health.

But can you imagine someone proudly releasing a loud, long fart amid a group of people on the street, bus stop or in a café? Then why the hell is it socially acceptable to release tobacco smoke without caring for who will have to inhale it?