We went to another cracking night’s comedy at Mojo on Saturday (the next English Comedy Night is January 16th, by the way), and as before all three comedians commented on the fact that you can smoke just about anywhere in Romania.
Said the compere:
‘At this stage of the evening I would normally say “We’re taking a short break now so you can go outside and smoke.” As you have all been smoking all night anyway, I’ll just say “We’re taking a short break.”‘
Loud cheers all round.
And then it struck us: why doesn’t Romania start marketing itself as ‘The Smoking Section of Europe?’
So many European countries have smoking bans in place now (most recently Poland) that Romania really is one of the last places holding out. Indeed, it at times feels as though the country is pursuing an aggressive policy of promoting smoking, especially amongst the young.
It is taught in schools?
‘What lessons do you have today son?’
‘Double maths then double smoking’
There must be huge potential market in ‘Smoking Holidays.’ Selling the concept would be easy:
‘Remember what smoking a cigarette in a restaurant used to feel like? Come to Romania and relive the good times. Smokers even get priority in supermarkets!‘
Add in our proposal about turning Bucharest into a mini-Las Vegas and we see a massive opportunity going begging here.