These Habits Were Totally Rad In The ’60s – But We’d Never Try Them Out Today

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The 1960s were a different era, of course, but sometimes it seems like the entire decade took place on another planet. Television was mostly black and white, for one, while lucky homes only had one telephone – and that had to be wired to the wall. Many of the children’s toys available also appeared to be designed to maim the little darlings. And there was one fad in particular that could be very dangerous. In fact, much of what people did in the ’60s seems completely crazy in the 21st century.

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40. Smoking advertisements on TV

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Ten minutes before midnight on January 1, 1971, the last commercial for cigarettes was seen on American TV during a broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Up until then – and right through the 1960s – cigarettes could be openly promoted to folks in their living rooms. This was despite the fact that research mentioning the connection between smoking and deadly disease had appeared all the way back in 1939. In fact, emphysema – which is often linked to smoking cigarettes – killed Carson in 2005.

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