Sunday, October 30, 2005

A little anti-smoking story

German anti-tobacco policies accelerated towards
the end of the 1930s, and by the early war years
tobacco use had begun to decline. The Luftwaffe
banned smoking in 1938 and the post office did
likewise. Smoking was barred in many workplaces,
government offices, hospitals, and rest homes.
The NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche
Arbeiterpartei) announced a ban on smoking in its
offices in 1939, at which time SS chief Heinrich
Himmler announced a smoking ban for all uniformed
police and SS officers while on duty.15 The
Journal of the American Medical Association that
year reported Hermann Goering's decree barring
soldiers from smoking on the streets, on marches,
and on brief off duty periods.16