TOBACCO GOES TO WAR

From the Civil War through Vietnam, American troops discovered tobacco. There was something about the nicotine that calmed the nerves, relieved the constant tension. The true health dangers from tobacco were still unrecognized, even when the Korean War was fought in the early 1950s. So, the tobacco companies “wrapped themselves in the flag,” using advertising and free cigarettes to create a patriotic image as they expanded the market for tobacco products.

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