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Smokers get their unmasked breaks, unlike most of us

ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA

Smokers seem sprinkled with fairy dust made from the ashes of non-smokers' dreams about good health; they are allowed to puff cigarettes at home even though the smoke harms neighbours. They can also be outdoors with their masks off to puff away.

We non-smokers, having no special hobbies which involve inhaling smoke, cannot pull our masks down for the equivalent... oh, let's call them "breath breaks".

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