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Seduced by smoke.
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Clear your history. IMDb Everywhere. Follow IMDb on. DPReview Digital Photography. Audible Download Audio Books. Himself - Reporter 2 episodes, Himself - Derbyshire GP 2 episodes, Himself - Public Health Consultant 2 episodes, Herself - Health Policy, University of Stirling 2 episodes, Himself - Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Review 2 episodes, Himself - Australian Council on Smoking and Health 2 episodes, Tobacco is the fourth cushion on the divan of pleasure, as one commentator puts it; the others are coffee, wine and opium.
Tomatoes do not get a look-in. The first European smokers may have been Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres, who got themselves hooked on a voyage with Columbus, but the first great smokers were the British. The French used it as medicine and cosmetic; in Italy it was administered by priests; the Germans analysed it scientifically; the Swiss tested it on a dog before declaring it fit for human consumption. The British, though, by the end of the 16th century, were smoking their heads off, as were the Dutch.
Bear in mind that the tobacco smoked then was considerably more intoxicating than the flue-cured variety in cigarettes today.
Seduced by a Dragon
Gately is so enthusiastic about his subject that one half expects to see an acknowledgment to Forest. The book may not be for you if you are trying to give up, for the descriptions of the habit's appeal are subtle and compelling.
That is, until we get to lung cancer, a disease that did not strike smokers in significant numbers until the s. The mass-produced cigarette would appear to be the culprit. Dark tobaccos, such as the French smoke, tend not to polish users off so early; pipes and cigars hardly seem to do their users any harm at all. As for the dangers of passive smoking, Gately becomes almost intemperate when chronicling attempts to ban smoking on the grounds that it harms non-smokers; understandable in view of the chopped logic and statistical misinterpretation employed by the more militant anti-tobacco campaigners.
This is a thorough, fascinating and highly readable book. It covers familiar ground, but doesn't repeat what others have said.
Gately does not, however, mention the huge rise in hand-rolled cigarettes in this country, caused by a combination of high tax on manufactured ones, and the perceived dangers of tobacco adulterated with anything besides marijuana.