I wonder, did someone quit, or simply leave this behind?
Friday, August 21, 2020
My grandmother was advised by her doctor in the 1930's to take up smoking, on the theory that drawing smoke in would exercise her lungs and make her lungs stronger. She quit sometime in the 1960's, I remember her elaborate china lighter, and a bronze smoking stand with a china ashtray on the top. She gave the smoking stand to my Aunt Edith, who smoked until the end of her life. Edith died in her late 50's. She had a terrible headache for a couple of days, finally went to see her doctor, who sent her to the hospital for a CAT scan. The scan revealed a huge aneurysm in her brain. It was an emergency and far beyond the capacity of the small hospital she was in so they transferred her by helicopter. The only helicopter ride in her life (take that helicopter ride while you can enjoy it.) She asked the helicopter crew to pause for a couple of minutes on the roof of the hospital so she could smoke - my father was appalled. My father started smoking when he was in the Army near the end of World War II. He quit in the early 1950's, LIFE magazine was running full color pictures of the lungs of dead smokers, he wanted to learn to fly, he decided if he quit smoking he could use the money to learn to fly, and he did.