Little Bits of History

Tobacco Road

Posted in History by patriciahysell on February 6, 2010

Smoking ban humor

February 6, 1987:  A no smoking ban in federal buildings throughout the US is put into effect. However, both houses of Congress are still smoking sections.  One of the world’s first smoking bans came in 1575 when tobacco use was banned in any church in Mexico or any Spanish colonies in the Caribbean. The Pope followed the Mexican ecclesiastical council and in 1590 Pope Urban VII threatened to excommunicate any who brought the weed (in any form) even close to a church. Citywide bans in Europe followed suit and some major cities banned the use of the product throughout their jurisdiction.

By 1000 BC, tobacco – native only to the Americas – was already in use, being smoked or chewed. In 1493, one of Christopher Columbus’ crew was the first European to try the evil weed. One of the crewmen, Rodrigo de Jerez, brought this early version of a Cuban cigar to Spain and was immediately imprisoned for three years after lighting up in public.

Today, the health issues of smoking are paramount. Passive smoking can cause all the same health issues as smoking itself. Non-smokers who live with smokers have a 20-30% greater risk of lung cancer when compared against non-smokers who live with non-smokers. Those who work in smoky environment have and increased risk measured at 16-19%. Smoking is a major risk factor for many diseases affecting the heart and lungs. It potentiates one’s inherent risks, making it easier for the disease to manifest.

Smoking is banned by various degrees in most first world and some third world countries. The US has no federally established program. However, smoking here as decreased by half over the last 40 years or so. In 1965 42% of the adult population in America smoked and by 2006 that number was only 20.8%. Each state and many communities are able to enact and enforce smoking rules as they see fit. One side effect of the smoking bans when carried to all venues, is the number of bars filing for bankruptcy as it seems drinking and smoking are done in concert.

“If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.” – Douglas Adams

“There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.” – Katharine Whitehorn

“Thank heaven, I have given up smoking again!… God! I feel fit. Homicidal, but fit. A different man. Irritable, moody, depressed, rude, nervy, perhaps; but the lungs are fine.” – A.P. Herbert

“Remember, if you smoke after sex you’re doing it too fast.” – Woody Allen

Also on this day, in 1987 Ronald Reagan became America’s oldest president.

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  1. QEII « Little Bits of History said, on February 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

    […] on this day: Tobacco Road – In 1987, the US bans smoking in all federal buildings, except Congress. Ronald Reagan – […]

  2. Bobby Dias said, on February 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

    There was not ever a “Mexican ecclesiastical council”. There were no churches in Mexico in 1575. Mexico was never a colony of Spain. Spain did make money on tobacco by transporting it and any person in Spain has always been able to use tobacco freely(very cheap tobacco being a tobacco wholesaler). The adversion of tobacco was from the Muslim rulers of the peninsula ruled at the time- not from the Spainish people! The laws against tobacco use was from the Muslims not the Spainish! The so-called anti-smoking people who make money on anti-smoking ad campaigns have many smokers in their organizations. Liars and hypocrites!

  3. Sherry said, on February 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

    A secret expert on everything – huh, Bobby Dias? The best part, I suppose, of being a secret expert is that you’re the ‘Grand Arbiter and Keeper of All Truth.’ The 2nd best part is that you never submit any evidence of your claims, and therefore have a severe credibility problem.


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