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Gee I'm worried about what about smoke smoke. You mean air pollution. Coal smoke and settle silence. Brittney Griner in the soiling index. Why Ollie cyclic aromatic compounds. Aldehyde. All of man's. Hydrogen sulfide. So fur dioxide carbon dioxide and talking about smog. Or is the fumes from the oil rendering work that's got to. I mean. Cigarettes cigarettes cigars and pipes. This is the first in a series of six radio programs about care for a smoke. Smoking. Very confusing subject. I smoke because I need something to do with my head. A lot of people take up smoking because it gives them something to do with their hands it's when it's like an army officer with this swagger stick. A teacher with a pointer or a
lawyer with a pencil. A doctor with a step. Well you know it ends with hope and the businessman folding and unfolding his glasses a great lady with those glasses on a stick go rough and lots of people need something to hold in their hands and that's why I took up smoking. Now I'm trying to stop smoking. Nothing seems to work. I tried holding glasses and I tried holding hold and pull up and nothing seems to work. Have you tried chewing gum. I would get so sticky by the end of the day. It's a pressure pack. Thank you I think I'll stick to my glasses. They're stronger but so much more satisfying. The title of this program. Something to do. Or I tried chewing.
Much is. Smoke question mark a series of programs presenting information on Smoking and Health. These programs are produced by radio station WAGA of the University of Wisconsin under a grant from the National Association of educational broadcasters. Now program number one something to do with one's hands. Care for a smoke. If you take the question seriously you may find yourself all wound up in a time honored tradition of glorious confusion which often accompanies it. Care for a smoke. The thing is I mean if I do it will it will do whatever it does. If it does but if it doesn't it won't.
That's clear enough. And if I don't it won't because it can't. If I don't what if I don't. What will they say if they do. Although some of them don't. But some of them do. And if they do what if I don't. But more than 300 years the question of smoking has been loaded with emotion. I hate thinking I shouted King James the first of England more than 300 years ago. They did. King James was one of the first of the monarchs of Europe to rule over smoking subjects and he hated it. I do I hate it. He even took time to write a book against it called the. Job. Back. In which he said there's smoke.
Sucked up by the nose imitating the wider cardless and slavish Indians who use it as a sinking antidote against. The king had lost already but it was after all political authority and not authority of the scientific kind. His book was an emotional outburst not an auth or a hate of statement on the facts about smoking. But then one of the most famous medical books of the period it was written by a gentleman named Robert Britton was just as emotional tobacco divine writ super excellent tobacco which goes far beyond all the panaceas potable golden philosopher stones. A sovereign remedy to disease. So said a leading medical authority of the day. His book also related to some diseases to the position of the stars and it was filled out with a few charming love stories. The king was against smoking and found all sorts of arguments against it.
The medical man was for smoking and find arguments for it. There were a few facts for either side but emotional opinion made a satisfactory substitute for more than three hundred years the question of smoking his role through history on its twin tracks of emotional pro and emotional con sailing ships have given way to steam airplanes have been invented in atomic bombs and rockets have come into their own. But smoking has continued to roll right down its old pre-scientific rails towing a 300 year collection of prejudice folk tales and superstition. Irrational fear is still with us. What in the world is wrong with you. You talk to me. Do you think I want to get lung cancer from your old fashioned hand smoke. Irrational fear has been a close companion to the question. Care to smoke.
Of course thanks. Smoke all the time Jane smoke four packs a day bother you. Of course not. But the smog around here all really gets. Bravado has played its part and so has prejudice. I hate people who smoke. Or to put prejudice another way guy who won't sit down and smoke a cigarette whether he's got something wrong with him. And then there's that other kind of fear. Perhaps the most important kind. Well I guess of all my friends did I have to. Would my this fear of not smoking when others smoke has been important from the beginning. At one time it turned entire herds and flocks of European nobility into great smokers
and then when snuff was discovered smoking was abandoned. While great ladies dipped daintily of snuff. Thank you minnow on just my birthday. What did I do just tell people who do you. I am beginning to detest people who don't. But I like to smoke if only society would permit. I detest right now. Transfer the argument to the present. Why don't you quit smoking. I won't quit. I'll smoke four packs a day I'll smoke 10 packs a day. I was smoked 10 carton. Cartons a day. If the smog doesn't get me first. The ancient tradition of emotional response to the question of smoking blocks
discussion and really confuses the issues. So too does the equally ancient fact that smoking is a symbolic activity. This was true when great ladies sniffed snuff and those days if you smoked you were no lady but snuff sniffing was a symbol of status. Then there was a time when smoking was a symbol for juvenile rebellion. My boss is like a man I'm going out I'm fine I'm smoke up the revenue down the storm by cracky. Then smoking has been a symbol of manliness. Just look at that collar boy with his hat throwed back and his leg throwed across the saddle smoking under that big western sky. Look at that sailor standing on the gun turret smoking my brand. Look at that engineer in his hard hat looking over blueprints and that race driver in his crash helmet and the polo player in his polo cap. Look at a man each with my own brand held in a big hairy
fist there. Yes ma'am that's my brand. Oh I had can't be had. Man smoke tear you to pieces lady. My man's brand got the flip flop flap with a self-sealing sweat shield for men not know there's going to be built during the white Pike to be tapped but dainty made easy for Sophisticated Lady. Oh smoking has been a symbol for sophisticated femininity as well as manliness. However among the changing fashions of smoking this may be changing. In January of 1960 during the semiannual showing for the fashion press by a group of New York fashions design designed especially for the lovely ladies have something to do with it.
I detest people who smoke. Why do you want to find something to do with their hands. Smoking is so good. Well I like people who smoke and I don't like people who don't put that in your pocket it's a very selfish man. Why did tobacco divine writ super excellent tobacco which goes. This is the ancient tradition that goes with that question smoke. It's as much a part of smoking as the more recent conclusions of modern scientists. Some elements in that ancient tradition raise profound questions and deserve serious consideration. This question for example is not an imaginary piece of historical nonsense. It's as much a part of reality as Tire is a nicotine test tubes. My friends smoke should I wouldn't I have to.
That question needs serious thought. There are other questions which do not belong among the big wins and how emotions and glorious confusions of the ancient approaches to smoking. This profound question is smoking immoral is resolved for some people as a matter of personal religious faith. For them it stands above the twin tracks of emotional uproar. It was a time when the question of smoking and health led the way down the traditional tracks of emotional pro and emotional Con. But today King James and Robert Burton are out dated as experts on health and smoking. And so too are their prejudiced opinionated followers both pro and con on the question of smoking and health has become a subject for scientific investigation. People have been so carried away by old emotional habits that they've responded to recent
scientific conclusions as though they were they are simply extensions of the old emotional howls of King James or the rhapsodic of Robert Burton. They're not. They deserve calm consideration. The following programs in this series will examine some of the recent results of scientific investigation into the question of smoking and health. I'll be as fair and unemotional as is possible. However it must be honestly admitted that they're based on the assumption that there is good evidence to support the belief that smoking is injurious to health. It's easy to quit smoking. I've done it a thousand times. Mark Twain said that and it's the title of the next program.
Smoke is produced by radio station WAGA at the University of Wisconsin under a grant from the National Association of educational broadcast described by Milburn and those about Carl's. Music. I don think reduction by Carl Smith. This is the n AB Radio Network.
Something to do with one's hands
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University of Wisconsin
WHA (Radio station : Madison, Wis.)
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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This program describes some of the reasons behind why people smoke.
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Series on smoking and health; approved by the American Cancer Society.
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Composer: Voegeli, Don
Producer: Schmidt, Karl
Producing Organization: University of Wisconsin
Producing Organization: WHA (Radio station : Madison, Wis.)
Writer: Carlson, Elizabeth
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