Letter: Beatles not responsible for glamorizing smoking

I am writing in response to Nancy Voris’ letter in the Jan. 21 Daily Journal.

Overall, I agree that we need to help reduce the number of smokers, here in Johnson County and throughout the entire country. What I don’t understand is why Ms. Voris used The Beatles as her example of how smoking “... was immediately adopted into our youth culture.”

Smoking has been a part of our culture since before World War I. Just watch any movie made from before “talkies” up through as late as the 1990s, and you’ll see smoking as part of the lifestyle of the characters. Modern movies continue to show characters smoking although not nearly as often, thank goodness.

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