Put that in your pipe
Writing of his travels through England […] Jorévin de Rochefort records how, in the course of a visit to Worcester, his friend
"asked me if it was the custom in France, as in England, that when the children went to school, they carried in their satchels, with their books, a pipe of tobacco, which their mothers took care to fill early in the morning, it serving them instead of a breakfast; and that at the accustomed hour every one laid aside his book to light his pipe, the master smoking with them, and teaching them how to hold their pipes and draw in the tobacco; thus accustoming them to it from their youth, believing it absolutely necessary for a man’s health."
That should give the Anti-Smokers a heart attack or two?
With a bit of luck?
Anyhows, the above is a little extract from an excellent book by Dr Sean Gabb [who, incidentally is a non-smoker] –
You can read it here or buy it here
Thanks Mick, for the pointer!
There was an interesting table in my local newspaper that you may wish to see if you think of having a holiday on the continent next year.
The price of 20 cigarettes of a 'popular' brand (name not given) in various countries are :-
Can anyone recommend a decent hotel in Andorra? Self-catering? Anyone got the loan of a tent?
Andorra is a small country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. I understand (I have never been there) that it is rather crowded. Many towns here in France have Shopping Trips there.
Looking at the stats for a packet of fags I see:
Glad to see that we're pipping the UK, by 0.5. National pride is saved eh? Switzerland is cute – it charges a high price for the fags and then it gets patients into its booming health resort industry, cleaning up twice.
~~A pack of cigarettes costs approximately $10 to $13 in Canada and this depends on the brand. It is expensive because cigarettes are taxed heavily in Canada with the cost of cigarettes boasting taxes of 63 to 79% compared to other countries.
so, guess you best bring your own if you pop across the big pond for a visit eh?
"you best bring your own" No chance. By my reckoning yours are cheaper than ours at 9.22!
If anyone is thinking of buying tobacco in the EU and bringing it back I very strongly recommend looking at the advice here: http://nothing-2-declare.blogspot.co.uk/
The site is UK based so not all the info may be applicable to Ireland but I suspect much of it will be.
At one time cigarette smuggling from the USA to Canada was big business. People would modify their cars to create secret compartments to hold cigarette cartons. While it was illegal to bring in cigarettes, once you had them in Canada you could legally sell them. Since then most of the States have raised their taxes high enough most have decided it was not worth the risk. Not to mention the obnoxious storm troopers on the boarder.
Here's an example of the Britain Dame Edna is wanting to cuddle up to. I'll lay odds the Irish are in a very similar position.