Since my topic yesterday I talked about giving Zippo Lighters as gifts and this brings up a good topic to review in China which is smoking. Smoking is everywhere in China and at some point during your trip you will encounter second hand smoke. Smoking is something you need to get used to in China because you will encounter in most places. The only stay place is on transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes. Taxi drivers sometimes smoke in the car and if they do kindly ask them to stop if you do not smoke. If you reserve a non-smoking hotel room there could be a good chance it smells like smoke because the previous guest may have not followed the rules. I have encountered smoking in elevators which I thought was extreme. It is custom if you smoke to always handout a cigarette to everyone in your group before you light up. We will hand out cigarettes are a small tips and or kind jester to taxi, bus drivers, restaurant owners, or to anyone who helps us. It goes a long way and usually you get better service. I smoke small cigars during my visits to China mainly to kill the smell of cigarettes because it just saturates your clothes. You will see many Chinese with smoke stain teeth and chain smokes. In the photo I attached it is my father in-law with many cigarettes because when anyone lights up they offer to everyone in the group and he obviously did not finish the cigarettes.
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