Negative Effects Of Smoking Cigarettes

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Smoking cigarettes is the number one cause for cancer and heart diseases. Cigarettes were first viewed as socially acceptable and people who smoked them were viewed as “cool.” Little did they know, this fad of smoking cigarettes could eventually cost them a lung or worse, their life. Thanks to advertising on television and cigarette packages, over time people were made aware of the consequences of smoking cigarettes. Once these negative effects were made known to the public, cigarette sales dropped significantly and people’s health was restored. Due to the development of advertising, the market for cigarettes changed significantly. It all began when James Bonsack invented a machine, which was able to make around 120,000 cigarettes each day.…show more content…
For example, as bad as it sounds but world war one and world war two was really good for the marketing for cigarettes. Soldiers got their cigarettes for free, and during world war two (1939-45) women got more independent. They started smoking at home, waiting for their husbands to come back from the front. Compared to year 1881 with a production rate of 10 million cigarettes a year, 1944 the production was more than 300 Billion cigarettes a year. People had no idea what kind of diseases smoking cigarettes can give you and no one did the research to find out. The advertising for cigarettes was always positive and no one tried to make it a bad thing. One of the most popular advertising pictures was during the war. On the left side of the picture a beautiful woman, looking at a man’s face who smoked and blows the smoke in her face. She looks at him in a way of being fascinated. The caption says: “Blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere.” That underlines the fact that people had no idea how bad cigarettes actually are. They tried to make it seem that when you smoke, women in general would come after you and do what ever you want to.
It was a sign of richness and being wealthy to smoke. It took researches until 1964 to find out that smoking cigarettes does have many negative side effects. After more than 70 years, it was proven that smoking cigarettes could cause lung cancer and other bad diseases. One year later, in 1965 the Congress of the U.S passed the Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act. After that act, every tobacco company had to have a label on the cigarette pack that says that smoking could damage your

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