Smoking

  • In many countries, a higher percentage of the population smokes than in the U.S. It is not uncommon for smoking to be allowed in public spaces, on trains and buses, in restaurants and even in classrooms in other countries. (This is not unlike the U.S. about 30 years ago.) 
  • In Europe, for example, it is very common for university students to smoke. Students may find that most host families have at least one family member who smokes.
  • It is very important for students to specify on their housing preference form whether or not they are willing to live with a host family or roommates who smoke.
  • Students should try not to be overly judgmental about the smoking habits of their host culture.  It is important for students to remember that even if they dislike a certain cultural approach to smoking, they are still a guest.
  • Please also note that in some cultures, in places like India and China, it is considered acceptable for college-aged men to smoke but much less acceptable for women to smoke.