Cigar Smoke

Few persons can readily conceive of the amount of cigars consumed in

this country, daily, to say little or nothing of the yearly smokers. The

growing passion for the noxious weed is truly any thing but pleasantly

contemplative. A boy commences smoking at ten or a dozen years old, and

by the time he should be "of age," he is, in various hot-house developed

faculties, quite advanced in years! And street smoking, too, has

increased, at a rate, within a year past, that bids fair to make the

Puritan breezes of our evenings as redolent of "smoke and smell," as

meets one's nasal organic faculties upon paying a pop visit to New York.

There is but one idea of useful import that we can advance in favor of

smoking, to any great extent, in our city: consumption and asthmatic

disorders generally are more prevalent here than in other and more

southern climates, and for the protection of the lungs, cigar smoking,

to a moderate extent, may be useful, as well as pleasurable; but an

indiscriminate "looseness" in smoking is not only a dead waste of much

ready money, but injurious to the eyes, teeth, breath, taste, smell, and

all other senses.