The Catholic Church: Not to be sneezed at
From the History of Psychology blog, the following tid-bit from the convoluted history of smoking bans:
"1624: On the logic that tobacco use prompts sneezing, which too closely resembles sexual ecstasy, Pope Urban VIII issues a worldwide smoking ban and threatens excommunication for those who smoke or take snuff in holy places. A century later, snuff-loving Pope Benedict XIII repeals all papal smoking bans, and in 1779, the Vatican opens its own tobacco factory."
Cutler, A. (2007) The Ashtray of History. Atlantic Monthly, 299 (1)
via: John Wayland, The History of Psychology Blog, Wednesday, 13 October 2010, The History of Smoking Bans & Anti-Smoking Sentiment
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