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In "Lonely Among Us" TNG 1x07, we see Data taking on the persona of Sherlock Holmes while puffing an old English pipe complete with tobacco and stinky smoke. Wouldn't that violate safety and health protocols aboard a Starship?

At the end of a senior staff meeting, where he was smoking the whole time, he's finally meet with disapproval by Lieutenant Yar and Captain Picard because of the smell but there's no admonition that smoking is prohibited on board. In later episodes we also see him with the same pipe.

Is there no restriction or regulation about smoking on board?

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Thanks for the edit Paul. You're so good to me. –  Morgan Apr 9 at 17:44
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There's no evidence that there was actual tobacco in the pipe, or any of the various cigarettes or cigars that other characters smoke, despite the puffs of smoke.

I suggest that just as they had Synthohol to replace the the deleterious effects of alcohol in drinks, it is likely there was some synthetic equivalent to tobacco that eliminated the negative effects of smoking.

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good point. I thought about that too. We even have 'e-cigarettes' today that don't contain all the nasty chemicals but they don't stink. Obviously the pipe that Data was smoking stunk of tobacco as obviously indicated by Yar's facial expression and Picard's admonition to "Get rid of that damn pipe". –  Morgan Apr 8 at 21:00
    
It is the 24th century and they visit other planets. Maybe there was some other fancy, exotic substance from another planet in there. –  Xantec Apr 8 at 21:02
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@Morgan: I'm guessing that the 24th century would have an advanced enough synthetic tobacco analog that could fully reproduce the flavor and smell/stink of tobacco while being more innocuous than even contemporary e-cigs. The other possibility is that cancer & lung disease are so easy to cure that they don't need to ban smoking. E.g. regular bioscans can detect the slightest trace of a tumor and a simple hypospray can instantly kill the cancer cells without any side-effects. –  Lèse majesté Apr 9 at 8:04
    
Going with this comparison between alcohol, it seems likely to be accurate. They want healthy people on board, not addicted to any substance where they 'have to' take a smoke break. –  Morgan May 5 at 23:40
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You can find information about smoking on The Smoking Section of the Memory Alpha Star Trek Wikia.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Smoking

In the Wrath of Khan there were signs prohibition smoking in certain areas.

According to signs posted in the transporter room of the USS Enterprise in the 2280s, smoking was prohibited in that area. Smoking was also prohibited in the Mark IV bridge simulator. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

There were also scenes of holograms smoking as well.

Fictional characters of the Dixon Hill novels and stories also smoked. When Jean-Luc Picard played the role of Hill in the holoprogram version, he was offered a cigarette on at least two occasions. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "Manhunt") Nicky the Nose was another character seen smoking as well as several nightclub patrons. (Star Trek: First Contact)

There were also other people who smoked such as Data but he only did so taking on the role of Sherlock, just as Deanna portraying Durango. The picture below the quote is Worf playing the character Duchamps.

Also in the holodeck, Deanna Troi smoked a cigar while in character as Durango, the mysterious stranger who comes to Sheriff Worf's aid in the town of Deadwood, (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas") and Data occasionally smoked a pipe in the role of Sherlock Holmes. (TNG: "Lonely Among Us", "Elementary, Dear Data", "Ship in a Bottle")

Worf as Duchamps

Funny enough in the background section of this portion of the wikia it states that smoking in the future wasn't really common among humans.

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, director Nicholas Meyer had "No Smoking" signs posted on the bridge of the Enterprise. According to the text commentary for the film, at Gene Roddenberry's insistence, they were removed. Roddenberry felt that enlightened future Humans would not have hang-ups or addictions like smoking. The "No Smoking" sign can still be seen on the bridge in the opening "Kobayashi Maru" scene.

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"enlightened future humans would not have... addictions like smoking" does NOT mean "smoking wasn't really seen as taboo". Quite the opposite: it means that in Roddenberry's vision of the future, "no smoking" signs are unnecessary because nobody smokes. –  Martha Apr 8 at 20:34
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Worf as Duchamps wasn't actually Worf. –  Xantec Apr 8 at 20:39
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No-smoking signs in certain areas would imply that smoking is permitted in other areas. –  Keith Thompson Apr 8 at 20:49
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"Let me offer you a bit of free advice...stop poisoning yourself with cigarettes and atom bombs" - Quark –  Zibbobz Apr 8 at 20:51
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I would expect the holodeck smokes to be simply props and the 'smoke' to actually be water vapor. –  Morgan Apr 8 at 21:04
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In "Times-Arrow II" there is a dialog at the end indicating that there is no smoking "in the future" at all. Mark Twain comes aboard the Enterprise and complains to Deana that their future is all about eliminating the little joys in life like cigars or opening the door for beautiful ladies. As Troy points out all the benefits (no poverty, no exploitation) Twain reluctantly admits that that might be worth giving up smoking.

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Well done. That exchange was knocking around in the back of my mind when I posted the question. –  Morgan Apr 9 at 7:05
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Well, not all joys are gone. For example people do still like to get drunk on occasion (Guinan keeps real alcohol behind the bar after all). And the other characters do smoke on occasion, like on the holodeck, so the action isn't completely foreign. TNG and it's command crew just portrayed a very idealized view of the 24th century I think. –  Xantec Apr 9 at 14:26
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@Xantec: Apparently Guinans stash does not contain anything for a scotsman. All Data can produce is something green. Then there is the scene Picard drinks with his brother... Probably there are more drinking-scenes in TNG, but to see wasted crew member you better watch DS9 ;-) In TNG alcohol is served with a frown. All the more is smoking only for fantasies on the holodeck. –  Einer Apr 9 at 14:57
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