Freedom to Smoke: Tobacco Consumption and Identity

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Sep 30, 2005 - History - 232 pages
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In the late Victorian era, smoking was a male habit and tobacco was consumed mostly in pipes and cigars. By the mid-twentieth century, advertising and movies had not only made it acceptable for women to smoke but smoking had become a potent symbol of their emancipation. From mass cigarette production in 1888 to the first studies linking cigarettes to lung cancer in 1950, The Freedom to Smoke explores gender and other key issues related to smoking in Montreal, including the arrival of "big tobacco," first attempts to ban the cigarette, wartime tobacco funds, French Canadian smoking habits, rituals of manliness, and the growing respectability of women smokers - none of which have been examined by historians.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Separating Spheres
2 Bourgeois Connoisseurship and the Cigar
xiv
Debasing le tabac canadien
xxxvii
4 Unmaking Manly Smokes
89
5 Mass Consumption and the Undermining of Bourgeois Notions of Smoking
109
Respectable Women Smokers
148
Conclusion
171
Notes
177
Bibliography
209
Index
227
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Jarrett Rudy is assistant professor, Department of History, McGill University.

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