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Smoking and Tobacco

Follies of the Madmen #578

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 16, 2023 - Comments (0)
Category: Horror, Advertising, Smoking and Tobacco, 1960s

Dolphin Lair’s anti-smoking campaign

Dec 6, 1976: 21-year-old Dolphin Lair held a hostage at gunpoint for several hours on top of a building in Los Angeles until police agreed to his demand that local radio stations broadcast his anti-smoking message. The message read, in part, "I want my Congress to put a bill before the law that all cigarettes that contain nicotine and tar should clearly explain what the ingredients mean." Once the message was broadcast, Lair surrendered.

Lair's father had recently died of lung cancer. He later explained that when he had first tried to get the media to broadcast his message, "They told me it wasn't newsworthy. So I planned this... and it was newsworthy."

He was eventually convicted of felony false imprisonment and sentenced to a year in county jail.

More info: NY Times


Long Beach Independent - Dec 7, 1976



Coshocton Tribune - Dec 7, 1976

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 08, 2023 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Smoking and Tobacco, 1970s

The Jackson Illusion Pepper

The 1960's fad for smoking banana peels is well known. Less well known is a similar late-60s drug fad called the "Jackson Illusion Pepper." An explanation from Drugs From A to Z: A Dictionary by Richard R. Lingeman (1969):



More info from The East Village Other (Apr 1-15, 1967):

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jul 22, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Drugs, Smoking and Tobacco, 1960s

Cigarettes for mermaids

Why did the guy take cigarettes with him while scuba diving? And what exactly does the mermaid do with the cigarettes? Use them as jewelry?

House Beautiful - May 1956

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 13, 2023 - Comments (8)
Category: Advertising, Smoking and Tobacco, 1950s

Champagne-Flavored Chewing Tobacco

Would this be popular today? I'm amazed they got the cooperation of the famous champagne maker.

Source.



Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 19, 2022 - Comments (0)
Category: Smoking and Tobacco, 1910s, Alcohol

Hagi Pipe

From 1960. A foot-long cigarette filter that supposedly would "prevent lung cancer from smoking."

Source: Science Photo Library



Text from 1961 Congressional hearings:

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 15, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Smoking and Tobacco, 1960s

How to smoke fewer cigarettes

This reminds me of the old joke about how to drink fewer glasses of wine a day — get a bigger glass.

"It's wacky, but it works!"

image source: Trinkets & Trash
contemporary source: Photoplay - Nov 1976



Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 26, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Advertising, Smoking and Tobacco, 1970s

Pyrophobia

In 1964, the pro-smoking, German scientist Helmuth Aschenbrenner argued that anti-smokers were suffering from 'pyrophobia,' or fear of fire. Specifically, they were suffering from 'fear of the 'big fire' or atom bomb."

Details from Robert Proctor in The Nazi War on Cancer (1997):

After the war, Helmuth Aschenbrenner continued on as secretary general of the International Association for Scientific Tobacco Research. In the March 1964 issue of the London journal World Tobacco, the Bremen tobacco apologist is cited suggesting that "before reports on smoking and health are taken seriously [the reference is to the 1964 U.S. surgeon general's report], those making the reports should have psychiatric certification that they are not suffering from pyrophobia (fear of fire)." Aschenbrenner is taken to have proven that "tobacco antagonism often springs from a morbid (and often unconscious) pyrophobia—a phenomenon whose many manifestations include suppressed fear of the 'big fire' or atom bomb." See "International Perspective on Smoking and Health," World Tobaco, March 1964, pp. 19-20.


On a somewhat unrelated note, here's a news item from 1981 about a young woman who was also suffering from fear of the 'big fire'.

Vancouver Sun - June 22, 1981

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 28, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Bad Habits, Neuroses and Psychoses, Smoking and Tobacco

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