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Dr. Robertson Wallace, in writing on the smoking habit of women, says:— "It is too late in the day to discuss the question, 'Should women smoke?' They do, and there's an end on't.' But it may be profitable and consoling for those of the sterner sex who believe woman's chief charm to consist in her being the very antithesis of man to inquire how far her present craze for the seductive cigarette is likely to carry her. Is the cigarette only the thin end of the wedge to be employed in opening up the way for cigars and tobacco pipes in the drawing-room? I think not, for though folly and fashion can do much, physiology oan do v moro; and in this case physiology is on the side of the angels. A child brought up (as he would be if all women were devotees cf the goddess Nicotine) in the odour of tohacfl smoke would be stunted in growth, pale with annmia, intellectually sluggish, sleepless, nervous, dyspeptic—a 'smoking ruin,' in short, before ho was out of his teens. Surely, then, it is of vital importance to the race that those women folk who are in constant attendance at th© shrine of childhood—mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and nurses—should forswear tobacco in all its most seductive forms.

The Japanese, who are up-to-date or nothing, are very strict in thia respect, and have done what they can to prevent injury to the immature by tcbaoco."

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WOMEN AND SMOKING., Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12205, 27 May 1905

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WOMEN AND SMOKING. Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12205, 27 May 1905

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