25 great quotes on smoking, anti-smoking and electronic cigarettes
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by: James Dunworth

Quotes on Smoking

Fletcher Knebel

Black and white image of Fletcher Knebel.

1. Smoking is the leading cause of statistics.

Smoking is the leading cause of statistics – Fletcher Knebel

Winston Churchill to the Wahabbi king of Saudi Arabia

Winston Churchill smoking a cigar.

2. My rule of life prescribed as absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

See more quotes by Winston Churchill.

Woody Allen

Woody Allen

3. Remember, if you smoke after sex you’re doing it too fast.

Remember, if you smoke after sex you’re doing it too fast – Woody allen

 Mark Twain

Mark Twain

4. Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times – Mark Twain

5. I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.

I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping – Mark Twain

6. If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go.

If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go – Mark Twain

Johnny Carson

Black and white image of Johnny Carson.

7. I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.

 Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks.

8. I’m not really a heavy smoker any more. I only get through two lighters a day now.

I’m not really a heavy smoker any more. I only get through two lighters a day now – Bill Hicks

9. Non-smokers…die every day. Sleep tight!

Non-smokers… die every day. Sleep tight! – Bill Hicks

Barbara Kelly

Headshot of Barbara Kelly.

10. “I tried to stop smoking cigarettes by telling myself I just didn’t want to smoke, but I didn’t believe myself”

Florence King

Florence King

11. Now the only thing I miss about sex is the cigarette afterward. Next to the first one in the morning, it’s the best one of all. It tasted so good that even if I had been frigid I would have pretended otherwise just to be able to smoke it.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling.

12. A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke – Rudyard Kipling.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

13. A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?

Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban

14. …when I don’t smoke I scarcely feel as if I’m living. I don’t feel as if I’m living unless I’m killing myself.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein.

15. I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.

Queen Elizabeth to Sir Walter Raleigh

Queen Elizabeth 1st

16. I have seen many a man turn his gold into smoke, but you are the first who has turned smoke into gold.

And some anti-smoking quotes:

Anti-smoking has aroused a passion in some individuals which has lead to some very over-the-top remarks – as can be seen below. (To be fair, we have chosen the most dramatic here!)

King James I of England

James 1st of England.

17. Smoking is a custom loathsome 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.

Duane Allan Hahn

18. Everything is not fine. You violate our bodies. You give us pain. You’re no better than a rapist. Until you come to your senses, you are the enemy.

(Read the full quote here.)

James H H Lampert

 19. …why do people addicted to inhaling an insecticide (not only is it a common ingredient in organic bug sprays; that’s also its function in the tobacco plant) believe they have a right to spew noxious, toxic, carcinogenic fumes all over the place in public?

John Banzhaf

Image of John Banzhaf
20. Action on Smoking and Health has decreed that exposing others to secondhand smoke in any circumstance, including in the home, should make all smokers liable to criminal prosecution for homicide with depraved indifference, punishable by death in areas of the United States.

And some quotes on e-cigarettes

Prue Talbot

21. Someone in my lab just showed me a bright pink one. And they’re selling them with flavors like chocolate and bubble gum,” she says. “These things have nicotine, and you can tell who they’re trying to hook.

Serena Chen

22. I understand why people use the nicotine replacement aids, but I don’t understand why people want to pretend that they’re smoking. If you had a serial killer who liked to stab people, would you give him a rubber knife?

Read more

 Freedom to Choose

23. They [the electronic cigarette] are a product of coercion, who would use them anywhere you could smoke?

 David Halpern, British Government Nudge Unit

24. There’s no doubt it [The Electronic Cigarette] can save many lives and hundreds of millions of pounds.

Read more about the Nudge Unit’s view on e-cigarettes. 

David Sweanor on the risks of e-cigs compared to the risk of tobacco cigarettes

Head shot of David Sweanor.

25. Rather than the unattainable standard of ‘safe’ we should be thinking in terms of ‘safer’. Despite the risks associated with soccer, I would, for instance, prefer my children play soccer rather than play with live hand grenades.

 Read the full interview with David Sweanor.

Have we missed any good quotes here? Please let me know in the comments below. 

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4 Responses to “25 great quotes on smoking, anti-smoking and electronic cigarettes”

  1. John March 19, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Interesting quotes!

    “No one knows exactly what long-term benefits they’d gain from e-cigarettes, but we can say one thing with confidence: Every time they light up a tobacco cigarette, they’d be better off vaping.” — from John Tierney, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/science/e-cigarettes-help-smokers-quit-but-they-have-some-unlikely-critics.html?_r=1

  2. Sue Wilson September 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Smoking calms me down. It’s enjoyable. I don’t want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life.

    David Hockney

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