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Smoking in public buildings first banned in 1940s

Nazi anti-smoking campaignWhile British and American tobacco companies are in the headlines often, China actually is the world’s largest cigarette producer. Almost 50% of Chinese men puff their way through the 2 million trillion cigarettes made there mostly by The China National Tobacco Corporation, the world’s largest cigarette producer. They supply one-third of the world’s cigarettes.

And while western governments nowadays are up in arms about the health hazards of smoking the Nazi government actually was the first to link cancer with smoking and was the first to ban smoking in public buildings in the early 1940s. Hitler was vehemently anti-smoking. He even gave gold watches to associates who stopped smoking. All things considered, perhaps he rather should have let them smoke.

You will shudder when you see what cigarettes contain.

07/12/2010. Category: did you know. Tags: , .

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