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Smoke and Mirrors, Tobacco Industry Style

Big Tobacco thinks an addiction worth inflicting is an addiction worth reinforcing.
 
 
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The famous and almost certainly apocryphal quote by Mark Twain about quitting smoking maintained that it was easy; after all, he'd done it a thousand times. Whether he actually said it or not, that meme (established long before the word 'meme' itself) is highly resonant: what smoker hasn't felt that way? It's also attractive for two reasons: it's self-deprecatory - we are imperfect creatures, after all - and it allows one to go right on smoking.

Now you have to admit: that's one cool meme.

Philip Barron is a St. Louis writer and author of the blog Waveflux.

 
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