CBC Digital Archives

'Smokers are the lepers in a participacting society'

Not too long ago, Canadians could smoke virtually anywhere they pleased: at work, in theatres, restaurants and even hospitals. Smoking rates peaked in the early 1960s, when nearly half of all adults puffed away. But as evidence of the health hazards of cigarettes piled up, high taxes, graphic warnings and restrictions on smoking have helped make smoking unacceptable. CBC Archives traces the decline of smoking in Canada.

Rex Murphy's point of view on the anti-smoking crusade.
Medium: Television
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: Nov. 2, 1994
Commentator: Rex Murphy
Duration: 3:36

Last updated: December 21, 2012

Page consulted on September 17, 2013

All Clips from this Topic

Related Content

Butting Out: The Slow Death of Smoking in Can...

Not too long ago, Canadians could smoke virtually anywhere they pleased: at work, in theatres,...

1989: Smoking banned on domestic flights

A new law to ban smoking on flights makes airlines furious while supporters predict healthier ...

The next non-smoking frontier: outdoors

Provincial and federal governments consider restricting smoking on patios and outside entrance...

Rex Murphy discusses the spirit of Christmas

Rex Murphy discusses the spirit of Christmas.

2002 Rex Murphy: Salé and Pelletier

Rex Murphy weighs in on "skategate."

Air Canada: 'A very strange creature'

Rex Murphy takes aim at the federal government's $100-million bailout of Air Canada.