Cuba is apparently gradually making restaurants smoke-free spaces, and at least some tourists are less than happy:
The goal is to improve the culinary experience and safeguard the health of both diners and employees, but it’s also raising eyebrows among cigar aficionados and cigarette smokers who say the right to light up is part of the tropical country’s charm. […]
“No-smoking areas? It’s incredible!” said Michael Kuntze, a 59-year-old German day care manager who was savoring a long cigar and sipping rum and cola in the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, home to one of the city’s most popular cigar rooms. […] “That (no-smoking ordinances) is what we have in Europe, in Germany, but we don’t want this here,” he said, as aromatic smoke rose from the thick ash at the end of his stogie. “This is why we are here. Not to sit inside a small smoking lounge, no. Never.”
No smoking indoors where other non-smokers eat? Why, that’s something that only communist states that hate freedom would do!
And while neo-colonialist attitudes in the 21st century can take many forms, this has to be one of my favorites in recent memory. How dare Cuba impose the same health measures that my own country enjoys! What’s the fun of going to developing world countries if I have to give their workers the same healthy, non-cancer-inducing working conditions that restaurant workers in my own country enjoy! Also, one of the German tourists’ declarations that “Cuban jazz without a cigar [is] not so good” only proves that he knows absolutely nothing about music.