10 Mar '12, 10am

Smoking - 50 years of progress - but not worldwide | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Smoking - 50 years of progress - but not worldwide | Health | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Smoking cigarette via Shutterstock Fifty years ago nobody in Britain thought twice about lighting up a cigarette in public. Cinemas, theatres, pubs and public transport were all popular locations where people could relax and enjoy a cigarette. Tobacco came to Britain in the sixteenth century and wealthy men usually smoked it in pipes. Later snuff became very popular along with cigar smoking, but it was not until cigarette-making machines were invented in the late nineteenth century that tobacco smoking hit the mass market in a big way. The horrors of the Great War led to a great rise in smoking and by 1919 cigarette smoking was by far the most popular form. Initially it was only men who smoked, but by the 1920s it also became acceptable for women to follow suit. World War II gave cigarette smoking another tremendous boost and by 1945 consumption peaked at 12 manufactured c...

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