It's not as easy to spot as it used to be, smoke, is it?
Cigarettes have mostly gone electric, and heating generally comes in radiators, or under the floor.
Long ago, when my grandparents used to run The Beehive pub, the ceiling in the bar used to be amber with pipe and cigarette smoke. It got so filthy so quickly that a regular job in the summer was using the nicotine-infused dirty water from washing off the smoke-stains to kill the black fly on the broad beans.
It worked very well, or so I understand.
I can't say I regret the disappearance of smoking, but I do miss the scent of wood smoke and the crackle and spitting of open fires.
But still, if smoke itself is difficult to spot then smoked glass can still be seen both in the houses of people with no taste, and on the windscreens of cars and public transport:
Then there are smoked kippers:
smoked salami and cheese:
Smoked cheese and salami on a stall in Fundata, Romania.
Photo by Vlad.saileanu.
and smoked bacon:
And I suppose, if pressed, you could always try making some toast.
Easiest of all, ask your friends if they'd like to hear your Hammond Organ CD.
Yes, that's right. They'll run away so fast you won't be able to see them for smoke.
Spot the frippet: smoke. This word comes the Old English smoca and is related to the Middle Dutch smieken, to emit smoke.