It wasn’t that long ago when Big Tobacco bribed thousands of doctors and ran full-page ads in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), claiming, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette!”
For decades, the medical and scientific establishment in the United States was ruled by Big Tobacco. Doctors were taught that smoking cigarettes was good for oral health and could improve cognitive performance. This was considered “the science” of the time, and anyone who disagreed with “the science” was smeared, attacked and found blacklisted from the industry (just like today).
Those who declared that smoking was good for your health were said to be the medical and science leaders of the time. “The science is settled,” the world was told by Big Tobacco-sponsored medical journals, medical training events and science magazines.
The following full-page ad that ran in JAMA declared that cigarettes were good for your “T-Zone – (T for Throat, T for Taste).” It declared, “The doctors’ choice is America’s choice!”