The Radical History of Women Smoking

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We don’t really need a reminder of just how bad smoking is for us. Bad for our physical health, the environment, and cringe-worthy on so many social justice levels. Why is it then, that women always looked so damn cool smoking their cigarettes in vintage photographs? There’s a complicated blend between our lifetime exposure to big tobacco marketing, and the very real role smoking had as a signifier for the independent woman, which has prompted us to take a closer look at the radical history of women smoking… In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the market for vices like tobacco and booze made little space for women (the purest and most delicate of creatures, of course).
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