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Stand up for your lights

india Updated: Jan 10, 2008 21:07 IST

Three employees of a German firm have sued their boss after being sacked because they were — shock and awe! — non-smokers. This particular German firm has its own observations that have put paid to all ‘smoker’ homilies of ‘bad for health, worse for work output’. The company’s chief has said that he finds non-smokers disrupt “corporate harmony” and are far less productive than his workers who smoke. This is heavensent for smokers of the world, not an endangered species, but certainly one that may one day be hunted down to extinction by government diktat and UN will.

It’s been sorry going for smokers across the globe. They are being smoked out from every nook and cranny into subservient survival in a world over-burdened with disease. First, smokers were cornered into death chambers that were called ‘smoking zones’. Now, they find themselves under house arrest when they want to light up. From cafés to offices, from beaches to airports, there’s little ground left to be covered by the anti-smoking crusaders.

So, we can take a deep breath — and see, the lungs don’t choke up! — and renew the right to a good smoke. After all, it’s that much easier to be creative when you’re stress-free, which, in turn, is guaranteed when you can blow smoke rings if you want to. Whether it’s firing your imagination, or exhibiting that fire in the belly, we know two things for sure. One, there’s no smoke without a fire. And two, there’s no fire without a smoke.