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Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Ye olde antismoking lobby

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c585
  1. 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 …

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