I wrote two blog posts yesterday that grew out of the same comment: something Walt wrote:
And yet: those photos in the (msm) newspapers of the cool kids smoking at the Met, and a series like MadMen likely did more to help us than almost anything I can think of. They have an unbeatable subtext: Sexy. Normal. Fun. Relaxed. And, more recently, Defiant.
It’s always been unbeatable. It was unbeatable back in WW2- which was in some profound senses a war between smokers (Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin) and antismokers (Hitler). At least one of the participants was well aware of it.
Hitler frequently pointed out that he had quit smoking in 1919, and that fellow fascists Mussolini and Franco were also non-smokers, unlike Allied enemies Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt.
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