I’m always amazed how themes seem to come together here without, it would appear, human intervention.
Just a few days ago the above quartet landed together on the main page. Two guys and two gals puffing away; it’s like an Abba reunion sponsored by Philip Morris. Now, I’m a lifelong asthmatic who’s never had a cigarette in his mouth and I’ve seen the suffering that smoking-related diseases can wreak, so please don’t imagine I am advocating cigarettes by posting these pictures.
In any case it’s a personal choice and I believe adults make the best choices when you treat them like adults (although wasn’t it Fran Lebowitz who said that smoking is “the entire point of being an adult”?). And so I certainly don’t agree with the revisionism involved in censoring vintage images of smoking. We may now be far more aware of the dangers associated with tobacco but we should also, I believe, respect the self-presentation of those who came before us.
There, I’ve got that off my chest.