Opinion

Silent Assassin: Don't turn a blind eye to the dangers of a sugar-filled diet, warns eye surgeon and 2020 Australian of the Year Dr James Muecke

By James Muecke
Updated December 2 2021 - 12:22am, first published December 1 2021 - 10:30am

I doubt there are any children these days who think smoking is healthy. Back in the 1950s though, cigarettes were considered socially acceptable. In the years following World War II, 80 per cent of men smoked. The realisation of the health dangers of smoking in the 1960s and the subsequent banning of advertising for cigarettes, the taxing of tobacco products and the rollout of hard-hitting and graphic awareness strategies have combined to make smoking a socially unacceptable habit. As a result, smoking and smoking-related diseases and deaths are on the decline in most countries.

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