Agence France-PresseApril 17, 2013 22:45
Cancer sufferer Dietmar Erlacher's lonely anti-smoking campaign in Austria, one of Europe's last bastions of the habit, has won him insults, enemies and even several assaults.
But despite this, and even though his band of marshalls has shrunk, the "Smoking Sheriff", as the press calls the retiree, is not about to hang up his badge.
"Addicts are not happy when their drugs are taken away from them," the 63-year-old, who has never smoked, told AFP. "I am not expecting anyone to thank me, not smokers and not the media."