Cigarettes: The Symbol of Capitalism

The two biggest lies in American business practices are:

  • Cigarettes do not cause health problems, and
  • We do not target cigarette sales to young people.

I smoked Pall Malls from my earliest days in college (when I wasn’t trying to look sophisticated with a pipe my grandfather gave me) until 1989. Along the way I switched brands (only to go back to the Pall Malls), tried cigars and pipes, and even had several years of not smoking (that didn’t last). In 1989 I met a woman who didn’t smoke and even though she was okay with it, I quit. So that means I haven’t smoked in 23 years and I have no intention to resume.

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