Cigarettes, Blowing Smoke, and Social Impact

Nine cigarettes. The sea rations that sustained Canadian and American troops at the height of World War Two contained nine name brand cigarettes along with an assortment of high-calorie foods. The generals commanding the Allied war effort insisted that the cigarettes were essential to the morale of the men. By 1945, an estimated 52% of American adults smoked, with yearly per capita consumption rising to north of…