Smoking in the 1940s

Hey, Amy. Yes, I know you're anxious to get to the 21st century. The truth is ... well, the truth is that it's not possible at the moment. For now, you're going to have to manage as best as you can in 1945 where you're currently stuck.


Honestly, Amy, what can possibly be so bad in 1945? Word War II is over and everyone's celebrating. Why be so negative?

Maybe not being able to breathe has somethin' to do with it. Oh-my-gawd everyone is smokin' all the time like it's rilly cool! 

Seriously, you gotta get me outta here.

Smoking has become quite normal in the 1940s. As the century reaches into its mid-point, women are increasingly attracted to lighting up, especially when they are targeted in cigarette advertisements. Women want equality and freedom to make their own choices. This is used in the ad campaigns.

In the movies of this time, it's interesting to note that many of the characters are seen smoking. The allusion of the attraction to smoking is a hard one to break once established.

Though in the 21st century relatively few physicians smoke, in the 1940s it is not unusual to see a doctor smoking.

Indeed, smoking is socially accepted  for both men and women in the United States and Canada at this time.

Okay, Amy. I'm glad I finally have your attention.

The 1970s will bring forth information in print that list the health warnings of the danger of smoking cigarettes.

In the 21st century, legislation has been passed in many locales to prohibit smoking in public places.
In Canada and the United States, smoking rates continue to drop.