Cough, Cough, Cough
The current statistics for the smokers of the world is 1.1 billion people. 'Kay. Your body, you get to do with it what you want.
EVERY DAY approximately 3,900 kids under the age of 18 will try their first cigarette. If smoking persists at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are projected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today.
Didn't Hollywood decide to try to discourage the 'smoking is cool' image by NOT having cigarettes in their movies? Didn't some people go so far as to publicly try to SHAME celebrities for not promoting a healthy image for their young devotees?
I've been watching waaaaaay too many movies. Watch any movie from the 50's, and cigarettes were practically handed to you in restaurants with your meal, whether you were pregnant or not. Same with alcohol, actually.
Didn't the whole industry decide they were going to try to NOT have this practice shown by their characters on TV shows and movies? Or if they did, the majority of those who smoked were the 'bad guys'?
So what the hell happened?
That is all.