I was chatting with an Air Canada pilot who said that Air Canada has trouble hiring their quota of francophone pilots. I blinked.
"Why? There are thousands of pilots in Quebec. There are French-Canadian pilots all over the world!"
"Yes, but they all smoke." Not all, of course, but far more quebecois smoke than anglos do.
Me, with a puzzled look, "So?"
"Air Canada doesn't hire pilots who smoke."
Wow. It's not like you could hide your smoke-wizened lungs from the scrutiny of an airline medical. I'm not a francophone, at least not much beyond basic communication, and I'm not a smoker either. This could be useful information to keep your 13-year-old from taking up smoking.