It was in 1964 that the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking was published. Called Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service, this report recognized the proven link between smoking and lung cancer.
So we’ve had over 50 years to learn about the negative health effects of smoking. Is there anyone not aware of such effects?
That’s why the headline in today’s Wall Street Journal was so surprising:
Now I know the past year has been a challenging one for many people, but starting or increasing the amount you smoke seems like a poor decision to make in the middle of a pandemic. Particularly when the pandemic is one that could potentially affect your respiratory system. If anything, you would think that cigarette smoking would have decreased during such a crisis.
I guess it proves once again that people are not rational, and I am sure the tobacco companies are grateful for that.
But let’s close on a happier note.
Who can forget this classic moment from Wimbledon:
*image from Twitter