by Kyle Beard on Friday, November 8th, 2019
We are constantly abusing our lungs with nicotine from cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Before Surgeon General Luther L. Terry declared that cigarettes can give you cancer back in 1964, cigarettes were advertised to help you fit in popular crowds as well as raise alertness and pleasure. It is important not to fall for the tricks that cigarettes and vaping ads offer because the negative consequences will make a bigger impact on your health.
During World War I, pipes used to be the popular way of consuming tobacco by soldiers. The problem was that they had to keep their tobacco dry, fill their pipes, and relight them which would draw attention to the enemy. Cigarettes were considered easier to use and were considered a unit of currency such as trading two cigarettes for a haircut.
During World War II, cigarettes were freely given out to soldiers and were told they would relieve boredom and increase morale. In 1943, their demand helped U.S. companies manufacture 290 billion cigarettes. Tobacco company Phillip Morris even bragged in their ad that Americans were smoking more. There would also be ads of patriotic wives and mothers distributing cigarettes to men on the frontlines. Political officials like Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin all smoked which would make others feel patriotic.
In 1947, a Chesterfield ad had Bob Hope saying “Dorothy Lamour is my favorite brunette. Chesterfield is my favorite cigarette.” A 1950 Chesterfield ad had then-actor Ronald Reagan with a cigarette dangling from his lips saying that giving cigarettes to your friends for Christmas is the best gift you can give them. Cigarette ads also had a tendency to promote masculinity like from 1954-1999 having rugged cowboys on the open range in the Marlboro ads.
Now that more people are aware of the harm that cigarettes can do to the body, this makes the way for e-cigarettes. These substances are being advertised as safer than cigarettes on the internet. Their makers sponsor music events and have appealing flavors like cotton candy and gummy bears. These qualities especially appeal to youth. Now, the government is working on banning e-cigarettes because of their newly discovered harmful effects. It is important to ignore these ads that glorify these harmful substances and think about the health of your lungs to continue breathing well.
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