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George Will / Prudence may be the best medicine

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am

In September 1958, a future columnist, then 17, was unpacking as a college freshman when upperclassmen hired by tobacco companies knocked on his dormitory door, distributing free packs of cigarettes. He and many other aspiring sophisticates became smokers. Six years later - 50 years ago: Jan. 11, 1964 - when the Surgeon General published the report declaring tobacco carcinogenic, more than 40 percent of American adults smoked. Today, when smoking is considered declasse rather than sophisticated, fewer than one-fifth do.

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