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SHOWING

ITS DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS ON MIND AND BODY,

ESPECIALLY ON JUVENILES,

WITH

Remarks on Dietetics, Stimulating Drinks, &c.,

BY JAMES DRIVER,

Who was awarded a Silver Medal by the French Society," On the

Abuse of Tobacco,for the Essay.

PRIO E

SIX PENOE.

“Man never will be healthy and happy till he learns God's laws, and has wisdom to obey them."- Dr. Spurzheim.

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LONDON :
NICHOLS & COMPANY,
OXFORD

STREET,

W.

429,

JAMES BURNS, 15, SOUTHAMPTON ROW, HOLBORN, W.C. AND MAY BE ORDERED OF ANY BOOKSELLAR,

1881.

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NATURE OF TOBACCO :

SHOWING

ITS DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS ON WIND AND BODY,

ESPECIALLY ON JUVENILES,

WITH

REMARKS ON DIETETICS, STIMULATING DRINKS, &

the 18th chapter of St. Matthew, 41st, 42nd and

send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin, and those who do unrighteousness; and they will cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Then will the righteous shino forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." The use of tobacco by smoking, chewing, and souffing, being among the greatest vices committed by mankind on this earth, is particularly applicable to the above verses of the parable delivered by Christ.

There is not the least doubt but that tobacco is more highly pernicious to the health and morals of the human race at the present time than any other article, not excepting that foul and loathsome poison alcohol, and the day is fast approaching when there will be such an outcry against this vile and wicked weed as few people may now imagine ; let us labour then for so great and grand a consummation. That the plant tobacco is one of the direst among the torbidden fruits, there cannot be the least question of a doubt; the testimony and experience is overwhelming that it begins to work the work of death, from the first moment of its use, and how any government—that should be paternal-can still go on countenancing its use is a mystery. It is not acting up to the maxim,

that health leads to wealth, and disease tends to poverty of mind and body; no community can be truly healthy, or wealthy, whose members indulge in a practice which is so antagonistic to the well-being of man as is tobacco, its use must of necessity ever prevent the perfection of the human mind, and body

God made man upright, but he has found out many inventions,

It is the unanimous opinion of the best physicians and surgeons, and oven enlightened smokers themselves, who have studied the subject both practically and theoretically, that in all cases it brings on depravity and weakness of the brain gradually, but very surely ; memory, and the intellectual powers are weakened by tobacco, whether by smoking, chewing, or snuffing. With some individuals it is soothing, stupefying, and deadening, which is a sure indication of its pernicious working on the brain.

Tobacco should be shunn'd as the deadliest of poisons -which it isby every young man who is striving after perfection of character, and what youth is not doing so. Invalids should particularly avoid smoking, as should every one, young or old, who wishes to enjoy pleasure without pain or alloy. Smoking and chewing, causes a very bad temper, together with great trembling, and nervousness, also muddles, and causes giddiness, it also renders many unfit to write properly immediately after the act.

Smoking is very destructive to the teeth, and causes a sad waste in that rich and necessary fluid the saliva, thereby directly interfering with the functions of digestion, for it would be better that scarcely any food be taken, than to bolt or swallow it without properly impregnating it with the saliva, and giving it a perfect mastication. The sickly smoker will, therefore, at once see his danger; the lungs likewise terribly suffer, and in myriads of cases, that fearful destroyer of the human race, viz., consumption is induced.

Smoking gives a sheepish, pale, sallow, and emaciated appearance to many of its votaries; in fact it is highly injurious to the strong, but more especially to the weak; to the fat, but inore particularly to the lean; its constant tendency is to degradation of character, it is all outlay without the least particle of return or benefit.

To those troubled with any complaint, such as nervous debility, low spirits, head-ache, affection of the liver, hypochondria, it is a great aggravation, indeed to a great number it is the sole cause of these and other affections of the system, which will be further alluded to hereafter. Scarcely any cures need be expected while smoking, chewing, or snuffing is persisted in.

Let any user of tobacco leave off the habit for ten days and he will find himself much more competent to attend to his business or pleasure, by being the possessor of a more valuable and clearer head. Business will then-in time-become a great pleasure, but it will be imperatively necessary to keep from thinking of the detestable habit, or it will (till we become used to its discontinuance), cause a little annoyance; keep the mind employed, and in time you will find more difficulty to return to its use, than you now experience in your

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