Circulating Now from NLM

By Ginny A. Roth

Passengers bothered by smoking in a trolley car. The Smoke Nuisance, ca. 1880
National Library of Medicine #A013581

For nearly 42 million Americans, smoking is a hard habit to break.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) calls tobacco use the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet for most smokers, quitting seems an unattainable goal. The public areas in which individuals are permitted to smoke are dwindling, and so it is hard to conceive of a time when smoking was allowed in such places as public transportation. This 19th century illustration was featured in Good Health: A Journal Of Hygiene, a magazine created by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his wife Ella, which promoted vegetarianism and abstinence from alcohol and narcotics. The image is an interior view of a trolley or train car featuring a man smoking and subsequently causing considerable discomfort among the other passengers, particularly…

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