• The Germans are the most philosophic people in the world, and the greatest smokers: now I trace their philosophy to their smoking. Smoking has a sedative effect upon the nerves, and enables a man to bear the sorrows of this life (of which every one has his share) not only decently, but dignifiedly.

    George Henry Borrow (1851). “Lavengro: The Scholar--the Gypsy--the Priest”, p.136