Definition of a cigarette

From 1895: Definition of a cigarette

“An exchange gives the following definition of a cigarette:

A cigarette is a roll of paper, tobacco and drugs, with a small fire at one end and a big fool at the other.

Some of the chief enjoyments are condensed night-mares, fits, cancer of the lips and stomach, spinal meningitis, softening of the brain, funeral processions and families shrouded-in gloom. There are plenty of subjects left, however, who are perfectly willing to undergo trials of such a trivial nature for the sake of putting on a certain
amount of style.”

from: The Dahlonega Signal, v. 57, n. 13, pg. 2, 8 Nov 1895