Magazine November 25, 2019, Issue

Destroying Your Lungs to Own the Libs

(Roman Genn)
There is nothing inherently conservative about cigarettes

There’s something in the air among conservatives these days. Maybe you can smell it, too: cigarette smoke.

All serious modern scientific investigations have proven what was first suspected as early as the 17th century: Smoking is bad for you. Yet more than 400 years after the first anti-smoking literature appeared, cigarettes are having a bit of a moment on the right. Unable to invoke long-disproven myths about the “benefits” of cigarettes, however, their modern conservative fans have instead begun making what they consider a countercultural case for smoking. Call it “taking up smoking to own the libs.” But their argument is

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