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Yesterday I threaded about U.S. presidential cig smoking. But from the 1930's to 1971, the cigarette was the smartphone of the era. Ppl smoked driving, on work breaks, on flights, in hospital beds, "at ease" in military, while hosting talk shows, & in bed.
Cigarettes occupied a large swath of print advertising, radio & tv ads (more than smartphones do now), & in film & tv, when a male engaged a lady, he offered her a smoke. Or a light. Cigs were prison currency. Some brands even had coupons one could collect f/ gifts
Docs smoked near patients in hospitals ("TZ" ep "Eye of the Beholder"). In the film "Rachel, Rachel", Joanne Woodward smokes as a maternity patient. Sammy Davis, Jr. performed while smoking. It was more ubiqu. than a smartphone
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