This book is not an exhortation against the use of tobacco,
but a simple presentation of the facts which scientific research
has revealed and which speak loudly and unequivocably against
this devastating drug.
“Lady Nicotine” is a rapacious slaughterer, no respecter of
men. She killed King Edward and then slew his son, King
George. She tortured to death our soldier president, General
Grant, with cancer of the throat, and dragged his son to the
same horrible end. How long will the intelligentsia of the
world tolerate this wholesale slaughter, this atrocious sacrifice
of men and women to the Moloch, tabacum? __________
The enormous increase in the use of tobacco within the last few years, and especially its increase among women, affords good grounds for apprehension that this vice may ultimately enslave the inhibitants of America as it has enthralled theFilipinosand the Javanese,, among whom pracitcally every person smokes, men, women and children. The only thing that can prevent this is a campaign of education to aid which is the purpose of this book. The writer has endeavored to make as complete a compilation as possible of the facts respecting the influence of tobacco upon human life that have been scientifically demonstrated. Care has been taken to avoid expression of mere opinions or unauthenticated statements.
The great necessity for education is due to the fact that the public prints, newspapers and magazines are almost universally absolutely silent on the tobacco question except in their advertising columns, which teem with the most alluring invitations to become habitues of a drug which, next to alcohol, is responsible for more extensive and deeply rooted damage to the human race than any other. In fact, it may even be questioned whether from a purely physical standpoint, tobacco is not a greater enemy to human welfare and a greater handicap to human progress than alcohol, because of the subtle influence upon both mind and body and the greater extent of its use. The public prints receive so large a revenue from the sale of advertising space to the manufacturers of cigars and cigarettes that there is ground for suspicion that they are practically subsidized in their favor. The writer knows from personal experience that it is almost impossible to secure the publication of anything deprecatory to the tobacco habit in any popular newspaper or magazine of large circulation.