He was allowed to smoke in there, but nowhere else in the house. I don't know if it was because he used really good tobacco (I do know that some of the cigars were NOT expensive ones - "Roi Tan", "Dutch Masters", "King Edward", but I always loved the smell of the leather and tobacco in his den; it wasn't overpowering, just pleasant.
These days, cigarette smoke makes me choke. I don't get up in people's faces about it, I just stay away from folks who are uncivil enough to blow their smoke in other people's lungs.
My father's father died in 1928 at age 24 from smoking-induced heart failure, my dad died at age 39 from a heart attack brought on by arteries plaqued-up with nicotine, and my brother had a heart-attack and a 5-way bypass at age 44 from heavy tobacco smoking. Doc tells me that if I'd ever stuck a cigarette in my mouth, I'd have been dead 30 years ago.
And don't get me going about turning myself into something at the level of a retarded chimpanzee with dope, along with clogging my lungs up ....
Oops, too late, I'm already going ....