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Smoking

  • Smoking is, as far as I'm concerned, the entire point of being an adult.

  • ... many people find smoking objectionable. That is their right. I would, I assure you, be the very last to criticize the annoyed. I myself find many — even most — things objectionable. Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home. I do not like after-shave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs.

  • [Smoking] was a comfort, an occupation, a drug, a casual habit, a distraction, a way to not eat, a way to not pay attention, a way to not feel.

  • Does anybody who gave up smoking to save a pound a week have a pound at the end of the week? Not on your life.

  • Smoking ages you quicker than almost anything else.

  • The same people who tell us that smoking doesn't cause cancer are now telling us that advertising cigarettes doesn't cause smoking.

  • Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.

  • The nicotine addict, like the opium fiend and the alcoholic, quickly loses respect for observance of laws and any personal obligations to share in cultural or civic interests.

  • I gave up smoking four years, two weeks, and five days ago. But who misses it?

  • No wonder women smoke: cancer is the diet that really works.

  • Cigarettes are killers that travel in packs.

    • Mary S. Ott,
    • in Leonard Louis Levinson, ed., Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations ()
  • Now we've got smokism. It's one of the reasons I became a writer: to be able to smoke in peace.

  • Does cigarette smoking make you old and ugly?

    • Deborah Grady,
    • in Deborah Grady and Virginia Ernster, article title in American Journal of Epidemiology ()
  • [To a priest who smoked:] What a shame for a man to dress like a saint and smell like a devil!

  • Nobody should smoke cigarettes — and smoking with an ulcer is like pouring gasoline on a burning house ...

    • Sara Murray Jordan,
    • in Eleanor Harris, "First Lady of the Lahey Clinic," Reader's Digest ()
  • Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.

  • She took a moment to stub out her cigarette, blowing the final stream of smoke to one side. This, for a smoker, constitutes etiquette.

  • It is no longer a supposition, but is a fixed fact, that the excessive use of tobacco in any form is detrimental to the health.