H/T NYC CLASH, I’m occasionally reminded of Lauren Colby’s In Defense of Smokers. It was probably one of the first things I read online in favour of smoking. His was a voice of sanity.
I quite often quote the last sentence in the following passage, because I think it’s true:
It is not universally accepted, however, that nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco smoke. The authors of the widely respected “Merck Manual” say only that it is “probably” the active ingredient. If, in fact, the anti-smokers finally succeed in getting the tobacco companies to remove the nicotine from cigarettes, we will finally find out the truth. My own bet is that a cigarette without nicotine will probably be almost as satisfying as one with nicotine. The active ingredient in smoke is smoke.
Lauren Colby died in 2012, aged 81. His website has now gone too. But it lives on in archive.org. And is still worth reading.