A generation ago, smoking was the number one cancer menace in America. From the 1930s through the early 1960s, smoking was portrayed as glamorous. Advertisements even suggested that smoking was healthy. And those advertisements were everywhere. For those of you old enough to remember, cigarette companies even sponsored some of the most popular TV shows.
According to government statistics, that advertising blitz worked with nearly half of all adult Americans smoking by the mid-1960s.