Contrary to the popular understanding of the Twenties, this article points out that the health advocates of the era were not delusional where the subject of tobacco and health care were concerned. Tobacco's ability to harm was understood so well that an effort was afoot in the U.S. Congress to make the weed illegal. Needless to say, that effort did not get very far.
"Tobacco is not food. It is a drug. A healthy human being can get along without it. One who has never used it is better off, his health has a surer foundation and his life expectancy is, greater than in the case of one who is a habitual user."