Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bad habits

There used to be a time, when smoking looked elegant,
Hollywood actresses were role models..
A time when a Lady was not supposed to smoke on the streets...

Il fut un temps ou fumer semblait elegant,
Hollywood nous montrait l'exemple..
Un temps ou une femme ,cigarette a la main dans la rue,n'etait pas bien vu..

18 comments:

AB September 22, 2009 at 12:46 AM  

Times are changing - and you have caught the 21st century street smokers very well.

Rakesh Vanamali September 22, 2009 at 12:55 AM  

Like AB said, times are changing! Here in India a lady seen smoking would attract many an eye.....but now a lot has changed!

The Things We Carried September 22, 2009 at 1:40 AM  

In the U.S.not attractive. Bad breath, bad lungs, smelly clothing...

Olivier September 22, 2009 at 2:15 AM  

C'est vrai qu'une époque, cela avait un cote érotique (marlene ditrich dans l'angle bleu.....)

il parait qu'a NYC une loi est en cours de vote pour interdire la cigarette dans les parcs....

"Je l'aime bien épaisse
Roulée comme une papesse
Dans son fourreau zigzag à bord gommé

Quand au bout de la langue
Je la lèche elle tangue
Fumante elle frémit sous la morsure de mon dentier. Hé hé

Je suis amoureux d'une cigarette
Elle a la rondeur d'un sein qu'on mord ou qu'on tète
Eh Jenny Y aura une taf' pour toi
Si tu penses à mon paquet d'gris
Magne-toi car j'ai bientôt fini
De tirer sur ce satané vieux mégot"
Higelin

alice September 22, 2009 at 2:29 AM  

Et maintenant, ce sont les femmes qui fument le plus, surtout parmi les plus jeunes... Et elles ne sont pas non plus les dernières à lever le coude dans les soirées étudiantes. Tabac/alcool, un cocktail détonnant pour se mitonner un bon petit cancer!

claude September 22, 2009 at 3:37 AM  

Je n'ai jamais eu cette mauvaise habitude. Et puis cela me ferait ch... d'être obligée d'aller fumer sur le trottoir, surtout quand on travaille tout en haut d'un gratte-ciel. h ! j'oubliais, il y a the roof. Je préfère d'penser mes sous dans le maquillage.

hpy September 22, 2009 at 5:16 AM  

J'avais à faire au Havre hier dans la matinée, et comme il y est toujours difficile de se garer, j'ai du me garer assez loin et marcher. Et quand je marchais, tous les 30-50 mètres environ, il y avait une ou deux personnes en train de fumer devant leur porte de bureau/magasin ou autre.

magiceye September 22, 2009 at 6:11 AM  

a beautiful picture telling so many tales!

brattcat September 22, 2009 at 8:00 AM  

So interesting to see such a cultural divide drawn by the slender cigarette. This has surfaced before. More and more Americans are disdainful of the habit, but Europeans seem to still cherish their smokes. This photo really fuels the discussion in an excellent way.

lyliane September 22, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

j'ai un trop mauvais souvenir de jeunesse, quand je rentrais de l'école, un café avait souvent la porte ouverte et je voyais des femmes vulgaires assises sur les tabourets de bar fumant avec des porte cigarettes! c'est pour cela que je n'ai jamais fumé peut être...

JM September 22, 2009 at 5:32 PM  

Love the repeted car shadows on the left! And yes, Hollywood has made the planet a smoking world...

Buenos Aires Photoblog September 22, 2009 at 6:23 PM  

There used to be a time, when drinking was prohibited as well. It was a failure. I think a total ban is a mistake. People will find other drugs to ruin their bodies. One drug substitutes another. Alcohol, prescription pills and drugs--not to mention the illegal stuff. It will always be the same.

Jacob September 22, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

I love this photo! It's a hard habit to beat. Some say worse than cocaine.

It also gets very cold out there in the winter time.

Virginia September 22, 2009 at 9:17 PM  

Someone forgot to give the French women that memo! ha In college we weren't supposed to smoke standing up! Where did that come from?
V

AB September 23, 2009 at 2:14 AM  

Buenos Aires Photoblog: But people may switch drugs or switch the means to administer them. Is smoking going the way of drinking alcohol during prohibition or following snuff into oblivion?

Peter September 23, 2009 at 3:54 AM  

I have a feeling that I'm the only smoker commenting here so far! Somehow, you have more and more a feeling of belonging to a minority, although according to the statitstics, the consumption does not really seem to decrease.

Somehow, I would believe that certain arrangements to allow the smokers to make a break under decent forms would be needed. If you work on the 53rd floor and have to go down to the street to smoke, you need half an hour. Not a good solution for the smoker, nor for the employer.

Today, when a plane is delayed by some two hours and if you want a smoke, you have to leave the terminal, pass the security control a second time...

But, you are right, one should not smoke! :-)

(I forgot to comment the photo, which is really nice!)

Bibi September 24, 2009 at 3:48 AM  

Last Saturday at my daughter's wedding we for sure created a first here in Serbia. It was a NO-SMOKING wedding! Guests had to go outside. The waiters were very happy....not to mention the guests.

I like this photo, especially with the little walking man walking away!!!

Bergson September 24, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

Quel perte de productivité au pays de 'uncle Sam

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