Watching movie stars from the beginning of hollywood history is glamorous – we don’t cringe at Bette Davis smoking like a chimney because we know that back then people didn’t know what they were doing to their health. But today we know better, right? Apparently not. On Sunday evening I went to a screening for a short film by Jason Lee at the Raleigh Studios (Chaplin Theater, naturally) and both while we waited to go inside and while we waited outside afterwards, I was shocked at how many people were lighting up. And this is young hollywood. I’m used to smoking when I go to Chicago or art fairs/openings (where people are miserable or stressed out or European) but has the casual smoking amongst young people in Los Angeles really come back in so much full force?
Note: the image is from a Tacky Times article featuring old hollywood ads about smoking. Hot…or not. (click image to read the text).