I have been in Yerevan for about six weeks now and it is a really smoke infested city. One of the biggest challenges has been dealing with smoky indoor restaurants and clothes which smell disgusting on the daily.
I am not a smoker, but have grown up in a smoking household. In an attempt to respect the rights of all people, I have tried to find space in my heart to also accept the rights of those attached to their nicotine. But I am unwilling to find space in my lungs for these toxic chemicals. The attachment is strong. As a matter of fact, various local and global research studies indicate that 50%-65% of Armenian men are smokers. What this translates into is being unable to go to most places for a meal, or even walk down the street, without bothersome smoke.
Read the full article I published on http://www.stegamind.com below.
It would be unfair to show all our lighthearted scenes from our time here in Yerevan and not mention a few challenges that come about daily. In the last six weeks, many conversations we’ve ha…