Keith posted a comment on the previous post asking me to muse on coffee and cigarettes on various continents as related to stress management. Well, I think that’s what he asked. So, to fill in a few days where I neglected my readers, I’ll make a few comments now.
In France – especially before the draconian European anti-smoking laws were enforced in 2008 – it is common to have a cigarette with your morning coffee. The French don’t generally eat a big breakfast so this first cigarette is pretty potent. The residue copper taste is usually cured with yet another cigarette. Coffee is a natural accompaning beverage because it wakes us up and adds caffeine punch to the nicotine buzz. My impressions are that smoking in the early morning is for the real addicts and less tied to the morning café. Back before 2008, one could have a “cloppe et café” in the morning before heading to work. Now, like in the US, this is illegal so you have to grab your coffee to go and smoke outside unless you are on a smoking terrace in Miami Beach as I was in that previous post.
Coda: I quit smoking yesterday, wish me luck!!
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