Thursday, August 23, 2007


It hasn't been a good year for smokers.

They are the pariahs of our society. They have nowhere to run.
But it wasn't always so.

Smoking used to be seriously glamorous.

Everyone wanted to smoke:

......Even mums.....

.......and nudists ....

....and they were encouraged to smoke twice as many ....

.........and pass the smoke on to non smokers - no change there then.

I'm lucky - I never started smoking.

My dad, mum and gran used to call out to me from behind a wall of smoke generated from their Capstan Full Strength - 'Don't do it Kaz!'

So I took to the drink instead!




Blogger garfer said...

Smokin' post Kaz.

I find that a nice bottle of meths complements a roll up perfectly.

1:14 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

I had years of passive smoking thanks to my mum. And when she was pregnant with me she worked at the "Atomic Energy" (I'm sure it was safe but it doesn't sound very). Luckily I didn't follow my dad down the alcoholism route. Three strikes and you're out!

1:48 pm  
Blogger Dave G said...

I smoked from the age of three and it never did me any harm. Thankfully now I only enjoy the odd cigar or a pipe of opium on special occasions. can't afford gin and fags.

2:08 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

You should get a part time income as a freelance picture researcher Kaz...these are priceless!

Mr P. used to enjoy the occasional fag behind the bike sheds until that unfortunate misunderstanding with the American chap and the Australian Sellotape.

3:55 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

"So I took to the drink instead!"

*makes note to use this as my reasoning*

Thanks, Kaz.

4:56 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Twas Once Upon A Time Capstan Full Strength was A Badge Of Honour.It showed you were reet hard..........I was A Players No6 Man meself........i wonder if pubs will now employ dry-ice machines to replace the fagfumes?Ah Prgress of sorts!

6:03 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Pity we didn't meet earlier - I could have provided you with the good stuff (without the purple dye) from the lab.

My embryo developed on Capstan Full Strength and barley wine. Is that why I'm a shortarse??

It's a miracle we survived.

Cigars are the worst.
But the opium sounds good - do you wear your deerstalker and spats?

Great idea. If only they would pay me.
I know that means Durex but don't get the American chap bit.

I only just got the Pringles sweater joke (see comments on previous post)

Plenty more where that came from.
Need any 'Ducking and Diving tips?

My lot were certainly 'reet 'ard' -in fact you didn't usually see much smoke 'cos it all went into their lungs.
I used to think it was so cool!

6:46 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I've never smoked, because I was always too much of a wuss at school to become mates with the kind of girls who had a ciggie behind the school toilets (the likes of Angela Bayliss, with her dyed copper Bowie hair and black eyeshadow. She used to frighten me to death).

A Benylin and absinthe cocktail of a Friday night is as wild as I get.

7:55 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

That "nudist" isn't - he/she is wearing socks and shoes!

9:25 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I was a very late starter when it came to smoking. I was 27, I'd worked on the doors at certain night clubs for the past 5/6 years and I think that is what started me off. A mixture of passive smoking and a stressfull night. Trouble was I went from not smoking to 40/60 a day after that. I don't smoke now.. I had my last one 6 years ago after a massive heart attack on boxing day night... Jane I said, Light me a Benson and call an ambulance will you love. Never smoked since.

10:52 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'm told that 'Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder' - so Geoff will be pleased.

Trust you to notice the socks.
Come to think of it - s/he could have just tucked the cigs down the socks.

Wow - there's a cautionary tale. Thank goodness you stopped.

8:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, my first visit and I run into a no-smoking post. Nice post. I got hooked on smoking and cigarettes in 1953 when the US Army gave me a new package of cigarettes with our C-rations. Camels, Chesterfields, Pall Mall, and Kools. They also gave smokers a 15 minute break to "light up" about once an hour. They had butt cans all over the place. And, 47 years later, half of both lungs are forever useless, and I have emphysema and asthma. I can't do much but am happy to report that I quit on March 10, 1996 a day before aortic aneurysm surgery and haven't smoked since.

Abraham Lincoln
Just My Birds Blog

11:15 am  
Blogger I, like the view said...

yee g*ds - I was going to explain why I do smoke today, but got sidetracked. . .

(might borrow your Marloboro image tho, when I do come to write that one up, if that's OK - I'll send you the picture researcher's fee!)

and my comment was going to be "why is the nudist wearing boots and socks and couldn't he stick the fags down his socks"



I'll go back to the laundry!

11:37 am  
Blogger Murph said...

Sorry Kaz I sometimes sink too low and obvious for this little cultural oasis.

11:41 am  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

One of my brothers was a heavy smoker as a teenager and I think that mostly put me off coupled with the fact that mother could smell smoke a mile off. Got into the habit at uni and soon discovered black russian cigs after which yer usual senior service were rubbish - went on to take snuff for a couple of years - never officially gave up smoking as such -- just stopped as being a tight yorkshireman couldn't thoil all that money just going up in smoke.

2:22 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hello OML:
Over 10 years since the surgery - looks like it was successful. I'll be over soon to check out those birds.

Re the picture - see my agent - Mr. Murph.

Laundry? Another problem that the nudist wouldn't have.

As a punishment - you won't get any for tea.
I'll eat them all with my chips.

2:40 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

it's on my list of things to try, but I waiting for demand to bring the price down.

5:23 pm  
Blogger First Nations said...

i am suffering - SUFFERING I TELL YOU - repeated paroxysms of envy over your superior vintage advertising fu! YOUR FU IS UNBEATABLE! SENSEI!

my god that marlboro ad is fantastic!

former 4 pack a day smoker here...clean for 18 years, tho!

7:58 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hee hee, I've always wanted to try it - but it's the guilt .... oh the guilt!!

First Nations - Hello:
18 years - Wow - that's longer than many of my visitors have been sentient.

10:23 pm  

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