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I just watched the dark comedy Thank You For Smoking, and the arch-villain Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) makes the (correct) observation that the smoking boom in the 1910's and 1920's had three primary causes: 1. World War I, where the free cigarettes shipped to soldiers created a whole new generation of youngish male smokers 2. Dieting, where George Washington Hill's "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet" campaign scared a whole generation of women into substituting smokes for bon bons. 3. Movies, where cigarettes in the hands of gangsters and society swells alike cemented the id