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The 1960s were a different era of course, but sometimes it seems like the entire decade actually took place on a different planet. Television was mostly black and white. Lucky homes had one telephone, and that was wired to the wall. And many of the children’s toys available appeared to be designed to maim the little darlings. What’s more, things could be pretty hair-raising – or the opposite, as we’ll see – for adults as well.

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40. Smoking ads on TV

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It was ten minutes before midnight on January 1, 1971, that the last ad for cigarettes was seen on American T.V. And The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson had the honor. Up until then, right through the 1960s, cigarettes could be openly promoted to folks in their own living rooms. And that was despite research linking smoking and deadly disease having been released back in 1939. In fact, emphysema, linked to smoking cigarettes, killed Carson in 2005.

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