Leonard Cohen has started smoking again, just like he said he would, as he releases a new album – You Want It Darker – at the age of 82.
I can see it becoming a trend: starting smoking again. And just like there were all those people who told you that they’d quit smoking with a smug grin, there’ll be people – maybe the same people – who’ll tell you, “You know what? I’ve started smoking again!” with a sly grin. And if you ask them why (as if you’ll need to ask why), they’ll say something like, “Life’s too short, and smoking is one of life’s pleasures, so why deny myself that pleasure? And anyway I don’t believe experts like I once did any more.”
And then smoking prevalence, which had been slowly falling, will start rising again. For when one person starts smoking again, others will follow.
And the reason why this is likely to happen is because smoking is supposed to be a thing of the past, like climate stability and patriotism and self-governing nation states with their own flags and languages and money. And when people turn their backs on globalism and the EU and climate change and fat-shaming and political correctness, and want to go back to the way things used to be, they’re going to want to start smoking again, because smoking was an integral part of that lost world they now want to restore. And people are more and more turning their backs on it.
His voice just gets deeper and deeper.