Hard to believe

21 December, 2010
Rat Fink

…that these advertisements took place in the last 50-70 years. Illustrates how much we’ve learned in a very short time, comparatively. I think they’re kind of funny, in a tragic sort of way.

I know that smokers can relate
Slogan says "Your throat protection against irritation, against cough"

Remember when smoking was allowed everywhere? When people smoked on airplanes, in movie theaters, in the grocery, the bank, and in schools? When doctors smoked in their offices?

This isn’t a nicotine bashing, and I’d prefer it not turn into that. Lots of people I love have been and still are smokers, so please temper your comments about it; we all know it’s an unhealthy habit. Rather, my point this morning is to illustrate how long it took for modern medicine to figure out that smoking was bad, especially since folks have smoked for over 200 years.

So that is what I wonder this day. Forty-eight more hours, forty-eight more hours, forty-eight more hours…

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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
21 December, 2010 11:13 am
21 December, 2010 4:30 pm

I remember when I was a kid and we’d be playing in the living room while Mom did her lesson plans at the dining room table. She was a smoker and I remember the smoke just hanging in the air….we didn’t think anything of it back then. Was probably a big reason why I was sick a lot with “a respiratory ailment”.


21 December, 2010 5:48 pm

God… I would give anything (almost anything) for Heffe to stop smoking. My little “trick” to say ‘I’ll start smoking until you stop!’… that’s a little difficult to imagine me actually following through with. Though, he is mindful – but the skin on his hands and face are SO dry from constantly washing them every time he smokes when he’s around me. I won’t even take so much as a handshake from him! Bummer for all parties involved… I say.


21 December, 2010 8:04 pm

Many of the early heads of the National Cancer Institute were heavy smokers. There’s a Time magazine cover introducing to the public the first head of the NCI, Clarence Cook Little, and he’s pictured smoking a pipe. Ken Endicott, the guy under whose leadership in the 1960’s the NCI grew by leaps and bounds smoked 3 packs a day. And the surgeon credited with the successful removal of the first cancer-stricken lung, Evarts Graham, was a chain smoker. By the way I can’t actually see the images in this entry- or any recent entry for that matter. Must be something… Read more »

22 December, 2010 9:46 am

I can see them now, it’s obviously my problem.