The year is 1913. People are still shuddering at the thought of the Titanic and World War I is looming in the near future. Women aren’t allowed in voting booths and travelling daily by automobile seems like a foreign concept.
Unknown to anyone at the time, one of the biggest plagues on modern human health was about to begin its reign in society: the cigarette.
In October 1913, Camel cigarettes began rolling off the line at a pace of about 7 or 8 per second. Around 1 million were sold that year. From there, sales took off with twenty-one billion being sold in 1919. And until 1981, those numbers only grew.