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Duke’s Mixture

Sheree from Boerne, Texas, says her mother used to refer to leftovers as a duke’s mixture. The original Duke’s mixture was a loose, low-quality tobacco sold in a pouch by the same tobacco company that would later donate millions to the...

When Tigers Smoked

In English, fairy tales often begin with the phrase “once upon a time.” In contrast, Korean folktales often begin with “In the old days, when tigers used to smoke,” or similar phrases, such as “In the old, old days when...

Vaping

Vape, meaning “to smoke an electronic cigarette,” is among the entries in Grant’s tenth annual Words of the Year List for The New York Times. This is part of a complete episode.

taspo

taspo  n.— «The Tobacco Institute of Japan and other organizations have announced plans to introduce ID cards for cigarette vending machines in 2008 in a bid to bar underage purchases. Under the system, ID cards embedded with integrated...

heroic dose

heroic dose  n.— «An ounce in twenty-four hours, and a drachm at a dose, are heroic prescriptions, and not to be generally imitated.…In cases wherein the physician might be tempted to overstep nature with these heroic doses of...