A hundred years ago Sept. 30, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (September 1919): Smoking.(Letter to the Editor: An Excerpt)

Sir, — Now a days smoking has become a practice among youth irrespective of caste or creed. The various articles of smoking are (1) Cigars (2) Cigarettes and (3) Beedies. The last two are in great prominence throughout India. There are a number of factories manufacturing beedies throughout India in all important towns and a large quantity of cigarettes also is imported from foreign countries. So much so it can be said that there is not even a single shandy or village or railway station where these cigarettes and beedies are not sold.

The Cigarette companies even go to the length of encouraging smoking by making a free distribution of cigarettes as samples to the public especially to youngsters. It is only in the youth the character building of our boys takes place. If a boy is trained in good ways up to his 18th year be leads a happy life throughout his life. Similarly if he is allowed to go astray as he pleases up to his 18th year he turns up into a vagabond and leads a miserable life throughout his life although he repents for the mistakes committed by him in his youth.

T.N. Umapathi Aiyar, Chittoor.

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