Many of us got to where we are today from smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. Young people today (especially medical professionals) simply don't understand how, given the potential for tobacco-related illnesses, we started smoking to begin with. What they don't realize is that for many of us older folks, it was the doctors and other medical professionals of our day who actually touted the health "benefits" of smoking!
The next time someone wonders why and how we started smoking, show them the following ads that we were faced with on billboards, in magazines, and on television during our formative years:
Doctors Recommend Smoking