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For as many times as I’ve visited and lived in Germany, this question still gets me. Why is smoking so much more prevalent in Germany than in the USA? I’d say on most issues, Germans are far ahead of Americans. However, this is one area where Americans are doing much better. None of my friends in the USA smoke and it is just seen as really disgusting by most people. Most states now have laws either banning smoking in public places or limiting it to help eliminate secondhand smoke. Furthermore, the smoking rates continue to drop in the United States.

So why do so many people smoke in Germany? It amazes me the amount of educated, smart young individuals (university-educated) that insist on smoking. In their fairness, smoking is far more of a social habit in Germany, especially when drinking…but still, I don’t approve :) I don’t understand why people would purposely do something so harmful to their body.  It is hard for me to comprehend why someone would do something to their body that causes cancer, especially when I had a cancer that wasn’t preventable!

I’ve never smoke a cigarette. Actually, I’ve never smoke anything…not even hookah. Germany, get with the program and start encouraging young citizens to not even smart smoking! And German men, smoking is such an unattractive quality. Am I really going to want to kiss you if you’ve just been smoking? NO.

Maybe I’m missing something here (I was a public health minor) but I’d love to hear other people’s opinions on this issue. Why do Germans smoke so much?


  1. I’m not basing this on any statistics, it’s just my opinion that Germany has come a really long way as far as less people smoking. If you had been here 10-20 years ago, oh my, people were really smoking everywhere. This is just my personal observation and I am a non-smoker myself :) Hopefully more people will see the light!

  2. When I was still at school, we had a German exchange and we couldn’t believe how many of the German kids who came over smoked. In front of their teachers!! Even the people at my school that DID smoke wouldn’t have dared light up with teachers around.

    I think it has got better here since all the machines started making you have ID and restaurants banned smoking.

  3. I am actually just surprised how many people do it with the price; it’s expensive! My coworkers at the pub earning the same crap hourly wage as me are smoking and I’m like people that’s almost an hours work per pack!

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