Sniffing tobacco goes back to the earliest days of tobacco history, it is just an easy, if unsavory, way to ingest nicotine.
My grandmother, who was born in 1894, liked to make jokes about her own father smoking cigarettes with "funny yellow papers", i.e. smoking pot. During prohibition she had a full scale bar and lounge in her basement for a non-professional speak easy.
None of this is new: Coca Cola originally included cocaine in the recipe; Kool cigarettes had mint and marijuana as added attractions.
Bye the way: My grandmother was thrown out of bed by the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, she thought it was a prank by a friend at a house party. Her dad invented chocolate chips — that is a long story.
Right, I understand that narcotics were used much differently than they are today (Coca Cola etc)...which was why I was wondering if he was simply sniffing some kind of narcotic.
I think I just got thrown off by your mentioning the author not being an historian.
Very cool anecdotes, by the way :)
Your great-grandfather didn't invent chocolate chips.
Not only that, but almost the entirety of the comment had to do with the question.
After the first paragraph, (once they mention the grandmother) it seems to just completely unravel into random rambles unrelated to anything.
I know they'll never see this comment, but I thought I'd say it anyway.