The Tobacco problem

9780217109628: The Tobacco problem

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1885 Excerpt: ... TOBACCO BENEFITS. DESTROYING VERMIN; EXCLUDING LADIES; MELLOWING THEOLOGY; INDUCING SELF-ABASEMENT; SUBDUING BAD SMELLS. Are there no benefits, you will ask, resulting from the use of tobacco? I have alluded to the security it affords against being devoured by wolves, buzzards, and cannibals, of which advantage its defenders are at liberty to make the most. It is useful in destroying sheep-ticks and any creature that molests man. The vapor of tobaccojuice has been tested in France with great success as an insect-destroyer in hothouses, effectually disposing of thrips, scales, and slugs. It also scares away moths, carpet-bugs, and other vermin, and thus preserves furs and woollens. By excluding ladies from festive breakfast and dinner parties, it withdraws from gentlemen a disagreeable restraint. An acquaintance argues that smoking tends to round off sharp, doctrinal edges, and thus to "Mow one's theology; instancing an eminent Western divine who has become a total abstainer, ana wno, he says, grows more and more conservative and afraid of progress. He claims that if tnis divine had continued to smoke, the extreme olueness of his dogmas would have passed off in the blue vapor of his cigar! Still another benefit,"according to a doctor of divmity whose long experience entitles him to implicit credit, is that the habit gives to a man "a sense of deep humiliation of which his unpartaking brethren can know very little." "If any one smokes to overcome a bad smell" says Russell Lant Carpenter,-«he only adds to the nuisance; the ashes and smoke are two dirts the more." PROTECTING AGAINST MALARIA AND TYPHOID. There are those who plead that tobacco is a safeguard against malarial diseases. Dr. Solly makes answer,--"I dispute the alleged benefits of even moderate...

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