Anónimo preguntado en Arts & HumanitiesHistory · hace 1 mes

when was smoking popular in the USA? when & why became much less popular?

did many smoke in 1920s? (women too?)


did people afford cigarettes during Great Depression? why?

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  • Anónimo
    hace 1 mes
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    It was always popular, especially during and following wars. Many soldiers got hooked on cigs in WW1 and WW2 when they got them free, and their children picked up the habit from them. They started to become less popular in the 1960s and 70s when the Surgeon General publicly warned people about the dangers of smoking and warning labels were placed on packs of cigarettes and in 1970 when Nixon banned cigarette commercials on tv.  But it wasn't until the 1990s that cigarette smoking began being banned in public places.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    hace 1 mes

    Tobacco smoking was "made in America". The indigenous Americans smoked and the Europeans of the late 16th century caught the habit from observing them. Sir Walter Raleigh was keen on smoking.  So were the Dutch. Planters in Virginia and the Carolinas made tobacco a cash crop and sold it to Britain for export to Europe.

    Smoking was always popular in America. Mark Twain and U.S. Grant were photographed holding cigars.  That probably boosted sales. (Inhaling the fumes helped when burying rotting corpses on the battlefields too) Cigarettes were slim and had the extra protection of the paper tube, so they were portable.

    Women smoked. In either "Cheaper by the Dozen" or "Belles On Their Toes" Ernestine Gilbreth Carey wrote that she and her sister Anne secretly started smoking when they were teens. They confessed it to their mother, who said it was fine with her but "Don't tell your father" Ernestine was born in 1908 and Frank Bunker Gilbreth died in 1924, so Ern smoked before age 16 and so even junior high flappers smoked. "Flaming Youth" indeed!

    America's suffrage women smoked in public before World War 1, encouraged by a salesman for a tobacco company  (R J. Reynolds?) I  can't find his name but he has been called one of the fathers of American advertising. His name started with B, I think.  He gave them out at women's suffrage rallies and encouraged them to light up and be seen as equals to men. He also hired fashion models to smoke along Manhattan's chic shopping streets. It became daring and then smart to be seen smoking in public. And Hollywood stars were shown smoking. From Clara Bow the It Girl and exotic Natasha Rambova, all the way to Doris Day and to Lucille Ball and Audrey Meadows on TV.

  • Walt
    Lv 6
    hace 1 mes

    The 1930 1940 1950 after the 1970 they started make rules so they could get more taxes. think of it this way pack cost around 8 or up on pack if it did not have taxes on it it would cost around 2 to 3 a pack

  • hace 1 mes

    It was very popular in the 1940's.  People stopped because of the warnings that it was dangerous to your health.

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