Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko started smoking at the age of 9. He died after only 13 months in office, the third Soviet leader to die during Reagan’s presidency. When informed, Reagan remarked, “How am I supposed to get anyplace with the Russians if they keep dying on me?”
Winston Churchill had an oxygen mask made for him for flying in high altitude airplanes during WWII that was customized to allow him to smoke cigars through a hole in the mask.
In China, cigarette companies are allowed to sponsor schools, with slogans like “Genius comes from hard work. Tobacco helps you become talented.”
Pantone 448 C, the “world’s ugliest color” according to research, is used by many European countries on their tobacco products to dissuade people from smoking.
Lorillard Tobacco Company used to hand out Newport cigarettes to black children in playgrounds.
To get women to smoke cigarettes in the 1920s, tobacco companies devised a campaign of equating cigarettes as “torches of freedom.” The campaign helped women smoking jump from 5% in 1923 to 18.1% in 1935.
In 1994 the CEOs of the seven biggest tobacco firms testified before Congress that “nicotine was not addictive” despite overwhelming scientific evidence.
‘Smokers Express’ was an idea for a smokers airline. They would’ve encouraged smoking with free cigarettes, full-size ashtrays, free headsets, serving hamburgers, pizzas and steaks. It never took off.
In 2001 Philip Morris published a report saying cigarettes saved the government money because smokers die before retiring.