A Brief History
In America, our relationship with smoking cigarettes has evolved throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and continues to change today. From the beginning of the machine-produced cigarette up until the later years of the 1900s, people simply didn’t know how smoking was devastating their bodies.
It used to be common and even considered “cool” to smoke. The picture on the right shows famous baseball players advertising Chesterfield cigarettes. Doctors would recommend smoking to cure people’s congestion. The advertisement below shows cigarettes being marketed as a way to suppress appetite and lose weight.