One of the things I don’t miss about Jordan is how much people are free to smoke anywhere! They just like to ignore rules which ban smoking. The sign “No Smoking” is not considered compulsory or is not taken seriously, it is a joke or an extra piece of decoration, and I think it means you are not allowed to smoke within 20 cm2 around the sign, or maybe you are not allowed to puff the smoke on the sign itself! We see people smoking every where, starting from our homes to taxis and buses, hospitals and even classrooms! Yes, some teachers do smoke inside of the classes.
I remember the toilets in the school during the breaks were like a big ashtray with thick-like-fog smoke all over the place! Boys were smoking “Viceroy” and buying it for (5ams groosh 6afye o b sete eza mwal3a” five piastres or 6 if it was lit! And when one teacher is out of cigarettes (6afran 3a a5er eshahar) he raids on the toilets (kabse) and takes cigarettes from the boys, but no serious measures are taken to make the boys stop smoking in school. Boys start smoking so early I remember seeing 5 years old boys smoking dry sticks of “mlo5eye” I wonder where would this end?
Our hospitals are not in a better shape, maybe except for new or private ones, and even there you still see people smoking in waiting halls or in cafeterias. I remember last Jan. when I was in Jordan I visited my friend who is a nurse in a public hospital, he was on duty in the ICU and I had to go to the ICU room to see him, we sat there chatting then after five minutes he wanted to smoke a cigarette but he can’t leave the patients unattended, so he stands next to the door, start a cigarette, hold it outside of the room, gets his head out of the room takes a puff or two in the corridor then gets his head back inside! It is extremely not correct his behavior, but sadly this is what happened.
Smoking is very widespread in Jordan; we have the highest percentage of smokers among students in the world. And despite that we are a country with one of the highest rates of cancer disease; still we are not doing any thing serious to stop it. Most of the world countries are putting laws to prevent smoking in public places, even in streets in some other countries, while in Jordan we are smoking in schools, hospitals, buses, even in the airport, last time I arrived at the airport in Amman the smoking area was like 4×4 meters room, and when I left, one week later, it was shrunk into 1×2 meters because no one is using it, people are smoking every where, even under the no smoking signs!
And to congratulate myself on my first post here is a cigar for me!