In America and the Western World broadly, it seems like there was a mindset shift over maybe 15 years in the 50s and 60s that cigarettes were bad for you, and that smoking should be discouraged in any way possible, including health warning on cigarette packages and bans on tobacco advertisements. Also the tobacco industry tried to muddy the waters in public opinion and spread the lie that smoking wasn’t actually unhealthy.
In a command economy like the Soviet Union, how did the government respond to the public health challenge? Did they cut back production of tobacco, did they do public service announcements?
I should be clear that i’m specifically talking about the American hippie culture. Across the threads discussing his death, a common thought that’s expressed everywhere is that his actions somehow contributed to the end of the Hippie movement and the culture that goes with it.
Is it true that it was really a contributing factor and if so, how could it impact a whole cultural movement on such a level? Isn’t it a bit much to credit this event over other, more directly impactful factors?