Our attitudes about smoking have changed quite dramatically over the past century, even over the last thirty years. My students are always amazed when I talk about my own professors who smoked during class when I attended college in New York state back in the 1980s. I had one in particular that I remember fondly, she was my political science professor and she smoked Virgina Slims. I counted once in class, she smoked five during the lecture.
She would light one up and take a deep drag from it in the middle lecturing. She would then proceed to talk without exhaling. Tiny wisps of smoke would escape from her mouth and I was mesmerized. A long piece of ash would dangle precariously at the end of the cig and we'd all wait with bated breath to see if it would fall off before she had a chance to flick it into an ashtray that sat on her podium. Needless to say, I did fairly well in that class, and enjoyed it very much. I may not be able to recite the Federalist Papers but I damn well know what they're about. I credit her panache and ability to captivate her audience for that as much as her lectures. Smoking was all part of the package.