above: Marlboro Cigarettes billboard in Los Angeles, CA circa 1976 (Robert Landau / Alamy Stock Photo)
When it comes to social hierarchy, smokers are only a few notches above pedophiles. Yes, smokers are bad, they smell terrible, and they cost us money—and everyone knows it.
One would expect the “smokers bad” message to saturate The Cigarette. Surprisingly, author Sarah Milov spends almost no time singling smokers out for abuse. On the other hand, the book includes the requisite virtue signaling throughout to remind us that just like cigarettes, the elite, privileged white patriarchy is bad, too.
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