Can They Smoke Like Gentlemen?

Perkins, Frances
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p63
This article presents information on smoking rights of a woman in the U.S. Apparently a good many women still feel that their right to smoke is a bit precarious, if one may so conclude from the bravado which accompanies the smoking habit, now that it is becoming the custom among groups not given to much philosophizing in regard to what constitutes suitable behavior. The right of women to smoke in restaurants and other public places has been recognized for some years, and yet there are still those who feel that they must pull forth cigarettes and puff at them determinedly from the moment of entrance to the moment of leaving a public dining-room, smoking right through soup, fish, meat, salad and dessert in a way to horrify the epicure and astonish the masculine contingent which enjoys its food. The codes and laws governing mercantile establishments have never included a prohibition of smoking, as do the factory laws, because in the past smoking was never the custom there.


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