Sunday, July 1

The Sunday Quote

''A custom loathesome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.''

James VI of Scotland and I of England (1566 - 1625) Written in 1604 when in A Counter Blast to Tobacco following a request to his late Majesty on his view on the new fashion of Smoking that was sweeping his Realms.

Note: For the benefit of our many overseas readers England is the final part of the UK to introduce a smoking ban, after Wales and Northern Ireland in April and Scotland last March. England is now officially a smoke-free zone after the introduction of a ban making it illegal to light up in enclosed public places came into force at 06:00 this morning. King James (I and VI), of the authorised Bible fames, was the first joint King of England, Scotland and Wales.

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