industry undertook in the early years. Through the 1870s and 1880s, a picture of a scantily clad woman was included with each pack of cigarettes. This use of "soft pornography" was reported to have young boys scrambling after cigarette packs. There was widespread consternation over what was perceived to be a powerful corrupting influence of the cigarette industry on boys. The first editorial on the subject appeared in the New York Times in 1879, and as concern grew, strong public statements were issued by eminent educational leaders of the day.

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