Anti-smoking Nazis

“One topic that has only recently begun to attract attention is the Nazi anti-tobacco movement. Germany had the world’s strongest antismoking movement in the 1930s and early 1940s, supported by Nazi medical and military leaders worried that tobacco might prove a hazard to the race. Many Nazi leaders were vocal opponents of smoking. Anti-tobacco activists pointed out that whereas Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt were all fond of tobacco, the three major fascist leaders of Europe — Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco — were all non-smokers.”

— Robert N. Proctor
Source: “The Anti-tobacco Campaign of the Nazis: A Little Known Aspect of Public Health in Germany, 1933-45”, BMJ, Vol. 313 (1996), pp. 1450-1453

[Why that’s impossible. Smoking wasn’t discovered to be dangerous until the 1963 determination of the U.S. Surgeon General!]

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