Ye olde antismoking lobbyBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c585 (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c585
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
We tend to forget what it is to be young and to wish to appear older than we are. Every time, therefore, that I pass the bus stop nearest my house and see a pale youth loitering there, lighting the cigarette by means of which he hopes to persuade the world that he is both tough and fully adult, I want to snatch the wretched thing from his grasp and upbraid him for his foolishness. I never do, of course.
Perhaps I should simply put into his hand Dr Tobias Venner’s tract, first published in 1623 and then again in 1650 and 1660, entitled A Brief and Accurate Treatise Concerning …