Friday, June 19, 2009

Who Signed Off on This?

In January it became illegal in Taiwan to smoke in most public places except bars. I don't like coming home smelling like someone else's habit, but I kind of like that Taiwan is still the kind of country where you get far enough outside Taipei and people still smoke wherever they want. The guy who ran our hotel in Penghu sat in the lobby smoking all day.

These kinds of billboards are everywhere, encouraging citizens to obey the new rules. But I have to ask exactly which group of citizens is the government trying to win over.

If a relatively- modestly-dressed dominatrix told you to quit lighting up ... would you? To me, she kind of looks like she secretly thinks smoking is pretty cool. If nothing else, she does grab your attention.

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