This post is not meant to encourage smoking in any way but is meant to discourage propaganda which denormalises the pastime — as my late father called it — and put it into context.

Photo courtesy of Pat Nurse’s #Octabber (2013 edition):

Octagenerians #octabbber oldies smoking

George Burns, the American comedian, is on the bottom left and Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment is in the upper right hand corner.

Both have since gone to their rest after long lives … so …

Why demonise or denormalise them?