I rented a movie called Smoke with Harvey Kietel, William Hurt and Forrest Whittaker. This was a little heralded film, but a sweet, moving film. Mr. Kietel played the role of Auggie Wren a tobacco shop owner and basically a good guy from Brooklyn. Wonderful actor.
Early in the film, the character of Willaim Hurt’s goes into Kietel’s shop for some cigars. Kietel’s shop has a couple of guys who hang out there and talk. Hurt tells a story…
Sir Francis Raleigh bets Queen Elizabeth I that he can measure smoke. In the mist of the tale, the hangers on in the tobacco shop call bullshit, there is no way to measure smoke, that is like measuring air. But…
The story was that Raleigh weighed a cigar (or whatever he was smoking) before he smoked it, smoked the item, and put the butt of the cigar on a scale. Then he subtracted the original weight of the cigar minus the weight of the butt and the answer was the weight of the smoke that was consumed during the smoking.
Could this be true? Or just an inaccuracy?