THE OLD SCHOOL RULES Smoking in Public in 1843


"IF you are so unfortunate as to have contracted the low habit of smoking be careful to practise it under certain restrictions at least so long as you are desirous of being considered fit for civilized society. The first mark of a gentleman is a sensitive regard for the feelings of others therefore smoke where it is least likely to prove offensive by making your clothes smell then wash your mouth and brush your teeth. What man of delicacy could presume to address a lady with his breath smelling of onions, yet tobacco is equally odious The tobacco smoker in public is the most selfish animal imaginable; he perseveres in contaminating the pure and fragrant air careless whom he annoys and is but the fitting inmate of a tavern.
Smoking in the streets or in a theatre is only practised by shop boys, pseudo fashionables and the swell MOB. All songs that you may see written in praise of smoking in magazines or newspapers or hear sung upon the stage are puffs paid for by the proprietors of cigar divans and tobacco shops to make their trade popular therefore never believe nor be deluded by them. Never be seen in cigar divans or billiard rooms they are frequented at best by an equivocal set. Nothing good can be gained there and a man loses his respectability by being seeing entering or coming out of such places."

By Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel Orsay and Charles William Day




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