Back in the good ole 1770’s it was believed by the Humane Society that a drowned person could be resuscitated by inserting a lit pipe into the victims rectum, then blowing on the embers and giving what amounted to a nicotine enema. The thought being that nicotine is a stimulant and would spark a person back to life. bongs online
Apparently there were cases in which this is exactly what happened. So pipe resuscitation kits were available at points along the Thames river. By the 1820’s it was established that this practice didn’t work and it was suspected that inserting a pipe into a drowned person was in itself enough to bring some back to life!
Cigarettes were even promoted as being good for your lungs. In the 1930’s a famous brand promoted that 20,169 Physicians say their brand is less irritating and your throat is protected against cough.
A dentist was featured recommending another brand, in 1964 some 62 years after the first research surfaced on the risk of cancer and smoking a major brand was a sponsor of the US Presidential elections.
From the early twentieth century through to the 1950’s doctors were prescribing cigarettes to patients of a nervous disposition. This included children; I have seen a number of older clients who were given cigarettes as a way to modify their behaviour by the family doctor.
Fortunately by the 1960’s this practice stopped and by the 1970’s it was proven that nicotine causes anxiety and not relaxation.
But here we are in 2015. There is no doubt at all about the harm cigarettes cause, yet about 20% of the population still smokes. Some young some old, some pregnant, some sick, some who are fitness fanatics and some who live an otherwise toxin free existence