French lawmakers are trying to make France's smoky cafes a thing of the past. A parliamentary panel called Tuesday for a government ban on smoking in enclosed public areas within a year — and floated the idea of "hermetically sealed" smoking rooms for those who want to light up.
According to the story, "Health Minister Xavier Bertrand has said smoking-related illness kills 66,000 people every year in France." (We assume all of them were in the Resistance during WWII.)
I especially liked this quote. "Smokers have rights, too," said Rhamzi Ayache, a 60-year-old computer technician. "They must find a way to coexist." Mr. Ayache, you still have rights. You have the right to stand out in the cold, shivering while you indulge your habit.