Smoking is the national pastime in Taiwan. Especially if you’re a male, you will be bombarded with offers to smoke. It’s the polite thing to do here. Some people say you can decline with a short no thank you. I recommend that you start smoking right away. With all of the pollution, it will better prepare your lungs and you won’t complain incessantly about it like so many of our clean-lunged brethren. They’re really cheap here too! Smokes are about $1.50 US a pack. So if you can’t stand paying a fortune to smoke, that’s one great reason to move to Taiwan. You can burn your lungs while driving (with the pollution) and for recreation too. Woo hoo! Beware the black lung. You’ll get it in the winter and wish you had stayed on that mountain you had been working on as a lifty.

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