A History of Smoking

I was reading my latest Time Magazine and was directed to the Stanford School of Medicine’s Lane Library exhibit on smoking advertisements. It’s pretty amazing what cigarette companies used to use as means of advertising for smoking. Stuff we would never use now, like having athletes promoting cigarettes that wouldn’t take your breath away, or doctors touting the benefits of a certain cigarette brand, were pretty common. I was particularly interested in the ones using nurses to promote cigarettes. As a nurse who works with veterans, the ad below struck me as particularly ironic. Nowadays, whenever a patient comes in to my hospital they are educated on the risks of smoking and provided with options for smoking cessation. My, how times have changed!

photo from http://lane.stanford.edu/tobacco/index.html

If you’re interested in seeing more, you can head on over to their website to see some of the ads.

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