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Do I need to smoke?
Ellopos: Why do we smoke, really?
Introducing Allen Carr's, My experience of smoking
I’m still surprised by an incident that happened when I was 22 years old, trying to persuade the wife of a friend to join me in stopping smoking. I had succeeded and we were both ready to get free from nicotine, when her husband, a learned man, forbade her to stop smoking! At least this man at that time regarding his wife, recognised some good effect in smoking – to such a degree, that he did not hesitate even for a moment to surrender to this effect both the freedom and the health of his own wife.
I was also surprised when I learned that cigarettes became popular during the two world wars, when the governments of the allies sent enormous amounts of them to the soldiers. In what way could cigarettes help the soldiers?
Cf. Rilke, Letter to a Young Poet | Plato, Whom are we talking to? | Kierkegaard, My work as an author | Emerson, Self-knowledge | Gibson - McRury, Discovering one's face | Emerson, We differ in art, not in wisdom | Joyce, Portrait of the Artist