Sunday, March 17, 2013

Could Cigarettes Make a Big Screen Comeback?

There was a time when every movie star smoked.  Smoking cigarettes was a sign of sophistication, with a touch of rebellion.  Glamorous women in evening gowns, with perfectly arranged hair, would sit in smoky bars, or at well-appointed tables, cigarette in hand, charming everyone around them.  Handsome men would stand with their cigarettes, eyeing the glamorous women, and looking suitably suave and macho.  All of that began to disappear, however, when doctors linked smoking to cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and a host of other life-threatening ailments.

Since then, cigarettes have become increasingly expensive, and increasingly less welcome in public places.  They are also seldom seen on-screen.  However, e cigarettes have begun to replace the traditional cigarette for many smokers, and their lack of odor or smoke, has meant that smoking a premium electronic cigarette is far less frowned upon.  As the electronic cigarette catches on, we may just see cigarette’s return to the big screen.  This time, however, the cigarettes shown will be electronic, reusable, and nicotine-free.

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