This week in drugs

November 22, 2007 § 7 Comments

Yesterday, over 10,000 French fumeurs gathered on the streets of Paris to protest the country’s impending smoking ban.  In the smoking lounge that has been reserved for him in the afterlife, Sartre is beaming with pride.

The Gazette reports that campus pubs across Canada are struggling to survive, the consequence of a student body that is “more studious, money-conscious, and health-wise.”  The Gazette fails to report that a generation of obsequious dullards awaits.

Local papers are trumpeting a decrease in cannabis, alcohol, and cigarette use among Quebec’s youth, but grudgingly admit that the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs, speed, and cigars has spiked.  Pfizer representatives and Fidel Castro were unavailable for comment.  

The BBC confirms that beer sales have plummeted throughout the United Kingdom, sounding the death knell for the traditional British pub.  Economic and generational shifts are blamed; conspicuously, the region’s smoking bans are not.

A warning label has been slapped on a DVD collection of early Sesame Street episodes, whose contents are “intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”  The culprit?  Alistair Cookie, who models “the wrong behavior” by eating a pipe.  See above.

§ 7 Responses to This week in drugs

  • Synchronicities abound. I was just about to run out into the snow to buy a pack of cigarettes (partly for rolling…) when I came upon your two most recent posts. Good times.

  • mtlanglo says:

    I don’t think the Gazette got the student pub problem right- mainstream clubs are just getting better and better at getting students to dress up, pay $10 cover and pay $120 for bottle service.

    Who wants to sit around in the basement of your university and drink watered down draft when you have your parents’ credit card numbers and/or your student loan cash burning a hole in your pocket?

  • uberfrau says:

    I dont know about you, but my weekend isn’t complete unless I can go some place with a steep cover and spend $60 on drinks. I’m just rolling in money.

  • rada says:


    nah, it’s pretty ridiculous. I’ve actually taken up a “polar-bear smoking club at the university i am at. you just go out for a smoke in nothing but a t-shirt. in the winter. and then you maximize your work efficiency….like a whole 2% more. Then drink some hot tea when you get inside. ;)

  • Vila H. says:

    I’d like to see you try that here, Rada. As for $120 bottle service, that’s three times as much money as I have to live on for the rest of the month. (Sighs.) Thank god for white tips…

  • kommoner says:

    long live the smoker

  • Marcy S. says:

    I’m so thrilled to find an assertive, even aggressive, smoker with a blog that seems to be dedicated to the right to smoke. I think the reason I’m still smoking at 60 is to rebel against the fascist flavor of the times. I used to want to quit, tried millions of times, succeeded twice for years at a time. Now, the hell with it. I also used to be considerate, wouldn’t smoke around people, or asked first. Now I want to shove it up their noses. They’ve created another angry class of people.

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