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Eddie Izzard

Commentary: The end of smoking as we know it

This past summer, I stayed in a hotel (which will go nameless, but it was on the West Coast) that had smoking rooms as well as non-smoking rooms. Our room was technically "non-smoking," but the first time we walked out into the hall, I smelled something I realized I hadn't smelled in a long time: A whole lot of cigarette smoke. "It's actually kind of nice to smell a little smoke," I joked to my sister and my cousin. "Nobody smokes anywhere anymore!" I realize I'm not exactly old, but I still remember a time when smoking was a lot more rampant and catching a whiff of smoke was not an exotic, unusual thing. I remember smoking sections in...