Mostly because they were allowed to advertise it. People will think it's ok if the governments are allowing it to be advertised on the telly.
Same as how alcohol is causing major health and mental problems.
and I can see a time when they do something about all the casino ads on tv because people are addicted to it and loosing all their money.
I guess with cigarettes it just became more obvious sooner and was easier to crack down on.
Some home truths, here, yeah.
It's so easy for us to judge stuff in retrospect. Some of the DM article comments were so nasty about the fact that RB smoked. He's not blaming anyone else or wallowing in self-pity. He accepts why he is as he is. No need for people to be spiteful about it.