Anybody Got A Match?
Lauren Bacall probably does have the most famous line about smoking in all of cinema. But there are other good ones too. "What are you gonna do? Charge me with smoking?" "Smoke if ya got 'em." And many more.
Cigarettes have been such an integral part of movies for so long that one big concern in the lead up to Disney and Fox's planned merger is -- seriously -- all the smoking in Fox movies.
Our cultural impression of cigarettes has certainly waned. But maybe it's waxing again too? And what now of Juuling or vaping, which the city of Hartford is currently considering banning?
This hour: a look at the cultural history of smoking.
- David Edelstein - America's greatest living film critic
- Richard Klein - Author of Cigarettes Are Sublime
- Jia Tolentino - Staff writer for The New Yorker, where her current story is "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul"
Colin McEnroe and Betsy Kaplan contributed to this show.