Cigarette Nation

Business, Health, and Canadian Smokers, 1930-1975

A thought-provoking history of how Canadians became cigarette smokers and why the practice continued despite a proven link to cancer and illness.


In the 1950s, the causal link between smoking and lung cancer surfaced in medical journals and mainstream media. Yet the best years for the Canadian cigarette industry were still to come, as per capita cigarette consumption rose steadily in the 1960s and 1970s. In Cigarette Nation, Daniel Robinson examines the vibrant and contentious history of smoking to discover why Canadians continued to light up despite the publicized health risks.


“Robinson’s Cigarette Nation is an excellent example of seeing the unspoken but ever-present aspects of material culture.” CBHA/ACHA Reviews