I’m half French. My mother is French. My dad is American.
So what is the French Paradox? It means that the French smoke a ton of cigarettes, but the people are not affected negatively in the same way that the rest of Europe or, even more so, the United States are.
I read that this may have to do with possible nuclear test bombing in certain locations, that it’s not entirely the fault of cigarette smoking, but I don’t want to talk about that now, maybe I’ll write about it later.
I also think the French are not affected negatively as much by cigarettes because they smoke with true pleasure, they’re not smoking and thinking “oh this is bad for me, I should stop,” they smoke, without guilt, they enjoy it, and that’s how the cigarette is processed inside them, I think this helps a lot in how smoking, or anything, affects a person. Maybe the whole stop smoking thing is less in your face in France, maybe non smokers don’t feel the need to go on and on about quitting, constantly lecturing people about the “dangers of smoking, maybe people are just more tolerant about smoking there.
This in turn keeps a lot of negativity away from smokers, allowing them to smoke their cigarettes in peace.
It’s no wonder that with all the constant anti smoking negativity being thrown at smokers every day here in the US (and other places) that some smokers constantly smoke worried, guilty, negatively, thinking about how “bad” smoking is …
I’ve been watching my mom smoke forever, and she loves doing it, there’s no guilt while she smokes even though she’s always told us not to pick up the habit when we were little. But that was when we were little, we’re adults now, and today I can smoke and enjoy a cigarette with my mom without any weird feelings.
France is the country that introduced the most restrictions on smoking, but doesn’t really enforce them.
If you’ve ever been to France (I have a few times) you’ll see a ton of people smoking, a lot of young people, and a lot of women.
I think you just can’t stop the French from smoking, there’s too much love for nicotine there!
If you smoke, enjoy every bit of your smoking.
I’m going to light up now 🙂