I was just looking at a photo that I posted on 26. 7. 10. and noticed that an Australian guy at the end of our table was smoking. Amongst the aprox' 300 diners, I noticed only two who smoked.
I have nothing against those who wish to smoke (I myself devoted many years to the practice), but here in La France Profonde it has all but died out, and now, when one sees someone smoking, it's almost like looking into the past.
Both Lady Magnon and I used to smoke, and in the late 90's we both decided to quit. Lady M used 'The Crochet Method'; every time she felt the urge she'd crochet a skull-cap instead. She now has a box-full in assorted colours. Personally I went for the slightly easier 'Scottish Method'; I simply didn't buy any cigarettes.... No fags, no smoking.
A simple calculation tells me that since quitting; between us, we've saved well over £20,000.
So, if you're a smoker, enjoy your smoking (like Barry), and if you're trying to quit, then try my method.