Foreign News: For a Good 5d. Smoke

Britain's smokers, up against the almost prohibitive price of tobacco (TIME, April 28), clutched at any straw in the hope that it would be puffable.

Last week there was a run on herb stores for a smoking mixture (coltsfoot and clover leaf, scented with lavender or rose leaf) commonly used by sufferers from asthma or catarrh. Said London's deluxe tobacconist, Alfred Dunhill: "No self-respecting smoker would smoke a herbal mixture." But thousands of Britons were mixing the sweetish stuff with their pipe tobacco; it cost only fourpence an ounce, about one-tenth of the price of tobacco.

Tobacco sales were down to about...

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