"The inevitable cigarette machine" Schäftersheim Local Custom Tip by Nemorino
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Sorry, but there's no such thing as a German village without at least one cigarette machine mounted in plain sight by the side of a street.
Traditionally these machines were mounted close to the ground so even the smallest child wouldn't have to stand on tiptoes to start getting addicted. But starting in 2007 a new law requires people to insert a card proving they are at least eighteen years old before they can buy cigarettes, so the children are now dependent on finding some misguided adult to help them get started.
The number of smokers has been declining in recent years, but according to the German Cancer Society one quarter of German adults still smoke. The fewest smokers are in the age group over seventy, because most smokers die before reaching that age.
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