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ALL SMOKE.

To the Editor of the Herald.

Sib, —It is an opinion enteitained by those who do smoke, that those who do not are very sma'l creatures indeed. I wonder how the world got on before this cosmopolitan luxury was introduced ? We must have been all very poor creatures then. Oar mouths underrated with cigars, our pockets ungarnished with lucifers and vestas, no young ladies then embroidered tobacco pouches, or Bold them at fancy fairs for fancy prices. The meerschaum, the yard of clay, and the black muzzle burner were equally unknown, and uninvented. There is no smofee without fire, no tobacco smoke without tobacco; and yet the world did get on sometow before A.D. 1500. -

All n.en smoke—as all Sucks' and geese swim— with exceptions, which certainly do not invalidate if they do not confirm the rule. The habit of smoking doubtless varies in intensity in different parts of the world. In France smoking wears the teeth out of the workman's mouth at an early aje. He cannot work without his pipe ; he cannot walk to his meals without it; he cannot go to Bleep without ic. Paley says that teeth were made not to ache, but to eat with. A'French artizan's or laborer's teeth were given him to hold the pipe. Considering that teeth are also valuable for other purposes, I •wonder that that ingenious nation has not invented some patent indestructible mouth pipe-holder. Then aeain in Germany do they emote ? or don't they ? I think that it cannot be denied that they do a little. Your German professor never gets on in the world, and he smokes all the day, and half the niffht. It must be allowed that no human being, not even a Turk, nor an English Ensign, nor a French artizan, "can smoke anything like a German professor. A. really practised hardened one will not only smoke during every other moment of his. waling hours, but he will smoke all through his dinner, taking alternately a mouthful of food, and a puff 'of - smoke. ~ 1

80 all pervading is this smoky atmosphere that provision'is made for it in public institutions, railway cars, and even in educational establishments for the young. The Journal of Education in Ohio informs us that in one of the schools in that State, consisting of 35 boys aDd girl=>, there are ni.ie little boys who quid, and five little girls who Bmoke tobacco. Jußt imagine an American mistress of deportment teaching young ladies graceful ways of holding cigarettes, and of making the smoke as ifc escapes invariably curl in the line of beauty. :. If tobacco presented-anything attractive to the senses there might be les< surprise at the hold which it has obtained over the Old World population. Its power is certainly quite paradoxical; to the taste, smell, andstamach it is absolutely offensive. Who is there does'nt remember the painful experiment of learning to smoke ? Nature certainly has done her beet to deter us from the use of the drowßy weed ; and, as has happened long ago, men cannot resist the forbidden fruit.

The first tobacco sent into France wag that sent by Jean Nicot, Portuguese Ambassador from Portugal, as a present to Catherine de Medicis, about 300 years ago, to be used medicinally in allaying the severe head-aches to which !that amiable Queen was subject. From France the use of tobacco spread itself to England and Germany. It was distributed gratuitously at firßt by the Regent of France. It now produces a revenue of 200,000,000 francs in that smoky country. Tobacco, 'says Michelet, has tilled kissing ; it has done more, it has closed the drawing-room. Formerly people conversed after dinner, men and women assembled round the same lamp, went through & course of mutual instruction, both parties were gainera by the bargain, but the male portion of the population now are anxious to compete with Yarmouth red herring or Hamburg smoked beef. "What does it matter to them that their hostess is witty and clever. 'After dinner he (the male) ia faint and languid, his thoughts are absent, his heart is wandering after a cigar or a'pipe. Besides tobacco has a fuller flavor in an equivocal than in a respectable honse. There at leaßt it can be msistened with beer and brandy, and thus a stinking West Indian plant is burnt in the human gullet, banishes the wine glass more and more. The increasing consumption oftdbacco is frightful, children ten years of age already smoke. It is time to think of a remedy, tobacco is a poison—a slow one if you frill—but certainly a poison, for it benumbs the brain, extinguishes the memory, brings on giddiness, and finally engenders those horrible diseases, cancer io the .mouth, and softening of the spinal marrow. In concert with its comrade alcohol, it ravages the organization, and "dwarfs the Bpecies. Tobacco injures the human race, not only physically bflt morally. It strikes thought with atrophy, ftnd paralyses action; with every whiff of tobacco a man .exhales a virtue, or an energy. Germany smokes and dreams ; Spain smokes and sleeps ; Turkey, who has been smoking these last three hnnired years, has no longer strength to stand on her legs.—l am, Ac., Anti-Quid.

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ALL SMOKE., New Zealand Herald, Volume V, Issue 1276, 17 December 1867

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ALL SMOKE. New Zealand Herald, Volume V, Issue 1276, 17 December 1867

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