Cory Doctorow takes a pot shot at cigarettes (he calls them ‘cancer sticks’) through a 1938 advert claiming cigarettes will make you a better marksman.
Actually, there’s two different sets of immediate effects from smoking a cigarette on your metabolism.
- If you smoke a cigarette quickly, your heart rate increases, your respiration rate jumps and you secrete adrenaline.
- If you smoke in slower inhalations and in larger quantities, the overall effect is sedative.
Either one can be validly used to support that smoking a cigarette (or more, in the latter scenario) will make you a better sniper in the next five hours, for example.
They might be ‘cancer sticks’, but repressing knee-jerk rhetoric and using two seconds of your time to think through a statement twice will get you places.
Of course, there’s nothing to say that specifically Camels are any better at building snipers than, say, Lucky Strikes. That’s just ad-speek.