How did America go from this?Embed from Getty Images
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One word: Science.
So now how can we go from this?Embed from Getty Images
Same word. Science.
It is well known smoking cigarettes negatively impacts health and leads to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and death (https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm).
No one debates this anymore. But it wasn’t always this way, and it didn’t come easily.
In the 1940’s almost half of the population in the United States smoked, and the tobacco industry was subsequently incredibly powerful and politically active. It spent millions of dollars on politicians – for their campaigns and the lobbyists used to persuade them.