A friend sent me this quote
"I don't want any of your statistics. I took your whole batch and lit
my pipe with it. I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering
out how much a man's health is injured, and how much his intellect is
impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course
of ninety-two years' indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in
the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards
occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner, etc., etc., etc.
. . . You never see but one side of the question. You are blind to the
fact that most old men in America smoke and drink coffee, although,
according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty
old Englishmen drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both
drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And
you never try to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation and
enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime, (and
which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone,)
nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime by your kind
of people from NOT smoking."
Mark Twain San Francisco 1865
I hate the Nanny State, time to fight for your civil rights against this liberal bourgeoisie attitude some non-smokers hold.