SMOKING. At a dinner when the women rise, the men also rise and remain standing until the former leave the room, when cigars and coffee are served. Sometimes the men accompany the women to the drawing-room, bow, and then return to the dining-room for the coffee and cigars, where they remain about half an hour. Smoking in restaurants is a general custom, but the rules of the house govern it.
Theatres provide rooms for it, hence it should be limited to them. There should be no smoking at afternoon entertainments, unless the men are requested to do so by the host and hostess. At balls a room for smoking is generally provided. Smoking is not in good taste if a man is going to dance, as the odor of tobacco clings to the clothing. There should be no smoking in the dressing-rooms. Smoking a pipe in the street is becoming more common. It is poor taste, however, on a fashionable street. At best, any smoking in the street is bad form. Expedorating on the pavement is a most reprehensible habit. If it must be done, a man should step to the curb and expectorate in the street.
DANCES. Smoking should not be allowed in the dressing-room, but a special room should be provided. Men who dance should not smoke until leaving the house.
IN PRESENCE OF WOMEN. Smoking in the street while walking with a woman should never be indulged in, although she seemingly is agreeable to it. If a man is smoking, and he stops to speak to a woman, he should throw away his cigar or cigarette. A man should not smoke in the presence of women unless bidden by them to do so. Few women care to say that it is disagreeable when asked, hence the better course is to await permission.
WOMEN. If a woman has true regard for herself, she should not indulge in smoking; if she does, it should be in absolute privacy.