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Weight of evidence suggests that smoking leads to disease which leads to death. What is interesting is the overwhelming evidence that this is the case and people bother to argue against it. This might come as news to some people but if you do not die of a smoking related disease there is a very high probability you are going to die of something else.

...I have absolutely nothing to add to the smoking debate.
Anyone not of this view can drop me a line, I'll take any bet you like that anyone human alive today will not be alive in 200 years time. A long way short of immortality I know but not a bad start.

I have absolutely nothing to add to the smoking debate, be at least thankful of that.  I dont smoke, but i dont mind if you want to.

Smoking is just another method of potentially killing yourself, like crossing the road, which according to the statistics is less risky than running the London Marathon. Stats, don't you just love 'em. Passive smoking might widen the moral issues of the debate but crossing the road is only dangerous when someone is driving a car.

...just think of all those poor miners killed in coal pits.Sit quietly on your own with little interaction in the real world and you might live a bit longer, although I very much doubt it, it'll certainly seem like it. I am full of these wisdoms, packed solid with them in fact.

If there is a spare seat at the United Nations I would like to say I am prepared to give them a few days of my valued time on a no-win no-fee basis.


One person wrote to me telling me off about the promotion of cigarette cards because of the killer nature of the product they were given out in. I thanked them very much for expressing the view, radical as it might have been, and set me on the thought process which brings me to this page.

I do not imagine they are reading this page, as switching the computer on would necessitate using electricity which we all know is a big killer.

I mean just think of all those poor miners killed in coal pits for example. I would send them a letter but people have been killed by falling trees so I better not.

I suppose I could use recycled paper but I've heard the chemicals they use for bleaching the stuff is pretty much deadly...when the nanny hand-holding of modern governments had not totally taken over

You might as well blame cigarette cards for extending World War Two as they were collected in the thousands and recycled for the war effort. Or perhaps you can claim they are the saviours of the Allied forces allowing us to pummel the enemy forces for just a bit longer. Two sides to any argument, otherwise it is called an agreement.

Advertising cigarettes is now all but impossible within the UK, unless you happen to run Formula One and have a million pounds available to donate to an incoming government.

Of course they gave it back so there was no suggestion of bribery. When it is allowed all the health warnings have to be written large (unless there is not space on the racing car that is).

Constance Bennets throat appreciates luckies.

This 1937 ad has the lot, celeb endorsement in the form of Constance Bennet,   a vague health claim in so much as it is a light smoke less likely to irrate the throat.  "My throat appreciates Luckies" says the sultry one.

"Its Toasted - Your throat protection" it says.  Toasting rather than sun dried tobacco had been something they had been advertising since 1917.

Women were a stable of cigarette adverts of course, either smoking or explaining how they liked men that smoked certain brands.

Celebs in advertising is nothing new and still goes on today.  However often a cigarette advert would have a doctor in them, usually handing out sage advice concerning how much he liked smoking.  Not something you are likely to be seeing today.

Wind the clock back a good few years when the nanny hand-holding of modern governments had not totally taken over our lives and we chose are own way of dying (or we were conscripted) and racing cars did not have advertising on them.

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