As if by the light of a match, the country started smoking cigarettes. Advertising for them was everywhere, sponsoring radio and television programs, featuring celebrities and movie stars (and a future POTUS). Quotes from Doctors were not uncommon.
Rock Hudson, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Paul Newman, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Catherine Deneuve, Sophia Loren, James Dean, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and countless others.
Henry Fonda reportedly joked that he’d known Bette Davis for over 30 years and he had the cigarette burns to prove it.