Lakson Tobacco Company
1925 Despite the bans, cigarette sales continue to increase. The AmericanMercury reports, "The more violently it has been banned, the more popular ithas become."
1941 Roosevelt makes tobacco a protected crop as part of the World War II war effort. His wife Eleanor was dubbed "the first lady to smoke in public".
1945 During World War II, smoking increases. By the middle of the nextdecade, more than a quarter of American women and more than half of American men smoked cigarettes.
1952 Two British researchers, Richard Doll and A. Bradford Hill report theresults of a four-year study comparing 1,465 lung cancer patients to an equalnumber of patients with other diseases, matched for age, sex and region. Theyconclude that lung cancer patients are considerably more likely to be smokersand much more likely to be heavy smokers.
1960s Public health warnings emerge.
1964The American Surgeon General publishes a 387-page report stating,"Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the UnitedStates to warrant appropriate remedial action." For the first time smoking is banned in the State Department auditorium
1980s The tobacco industry sees substantial annual duty increases which resultin cigarette taxation increasing by 85 per cent or more in several countriesincluding the UK.