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Is it a new trend? No. Alcohol has been a part of the lives of people for centuries. Its uses vary from "worship ceremonies," to "magic and medicine," to celebration of "births, marriages, and initiations." Like today, centuries ago people found drinking a delightful custom, however, intoxication has always caused social difficulty. One of the earliest records of alcohol regulation recovered is in Egyptian "temperance tract" which states Take not upon thyself to drink a jug of beer. Thou speakest, and an unintelligible utterance issueth from thy mouth. If thou fallest down and thy limbs break, there is none to hold out a hand to thee. Thy companions in drink stand up and say: "Away with this sot." And thou art like a little child. The use of alcohol is thought to have been first present among European culture and was later introduced to America during the years of colonization. Americans soon found drinking to be a "pleasant custom" and often centered their lives around alcohol; it became part of " the social fabric of colonial America." In the past, people did not know what 'alcoholism' was; therefore, they would go on abusing alcohol without giving it much thought. This abuse of drinking resulted in pro Continue...

The promotion of cigarettes by means of the media was prohibited by 1971. In 1933, the 21st amendment was passed, repealing the 18th amendment. The 1980's was evidently a decade that campaigned and advocated against illegal drugs. " The Europeans of the 17th century had the erroneous conviction that tobacco could be used to heal diseases, thus, its use became common in many countries. " During the 1600s, while tobacco was condemned in Europe as evil, it became one of the biggest cash crops grown in the colonies of America. " During the period of inquisition, it was first introduced to the European culture as a medicine brought to Europe by explorers. The discovery that cigarette smoke, otherwise known as "ETS" is very hazardous to the health, was soon followed by laws and regulations that protect people from being inflicted by cigarette smoke which created the non- smoking policy in most public places. From the late seventies to the nineties, hundreds of laws have been passed in order to conform to smokers' rights as well to those of non-smokers. " In spite of medical advancement that informed of the dangers encompassed by smoking, the number of people that smoked rose. Regulations restricting the use of alcohol are long existent. It quickly became popular throughout Europe , and assumed almost a reverential quality. Although the governments of various countries were benefiting from the sale of tobacco, anti- smoking campaigns have been around since the late 1800s. "The use of tobacco continued to climb, fueled by a new cheap smoke...the cigarette. Not only was there an increase in the amount of smokers fighting at war, but there was also a large rise in the numbers of those smoking back home. After World WII, the number of smokers still kept climbing due to the fact that during the war, cigarettes were an important crop during the war and soldiers were heavily dependent upon them.