Life and Style: Hints for Gentlemen Wishing to Smoke on Trains

As the bye-laws state that smoking is forbidden in general train carriages, any gentleman who feels that he cannot simply wait until his journey is completed would be best advised to make his way to one of the smoking carriages.[1] These carriages, set aside for those who wish to smoke, are widely employed by most lines.[2] A gentleman can then smoke without inconveniencing or disturbing other passengers who do not share his inclinations.

However, as the above advice and the bye-laws seem to be widely ignored by many gentlemen, it is only prudent to stress that there are some points of politeness which really should not be disregarded.[3] It would, for example, be very wrong indeed for a gentleman to smoke in a carriage when there are ladies present.[4] If there are no ladies, but fellow gentleman passengers, a gentleman ought to obtain their consent before beginning to smoke.[5] If consent is given, it would only be courteous for a gentleman about to smoke to first offer a cigar to the gentleman sitting nearest to him.[6]

In short, a gentleman should always consider the thoughts and feelings of others. This consideration should naturally be extended to the practice of smoking as well.

Bibliography

Anon., Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen, (London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1876[?]).

Anon., The Railway Traveller’s Handy Book of Hints, Suggestions and Advice, Before the Journey, On the Journey and After the Journey, (London: Lockwood and Co., 1862). 

Footnotes

[1] Anon., The Railway Traveller’s Handy Book of Hints, Suggestions and Advice, Before the Journey, On the Journey and After the Journey, (London: Lockwood and Co., 1862), p. 83.

[2] Anon., Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen, (London: Frederick Warne and Co., 1876[?]), p. 107.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

Please note, this post discusses the history of smoking etiquette. Behind the Past is not promoting smoking.

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