WOMEN: Diner Smoking

To smoke in the dining car was, a decade ago, to invite ejection. This immemorial prohibition the railroads enforced on the pretext that tobacco smoke, as contrasted with coal smoke, was offensive to lady diners. The roads' real reason was that after-dinner smokers would linger over their coffee, slow up service, keep other passengers waiting for seats. Such dalliance would compel the railroads to haul their diners farther than otherwise.

How thoroughly the smoking-for-women trend has swept the country is now demonstrated by the increasing number of big railroads which have...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!