Last Cigarette, The
Christopher Columbus lands in the New World and encounters a Native American smoking on the beach. "What do you suppose he's doing?" he asks.
His lieutenant observes, "He's drawing in the smoke and blowing it out again. He seems to enjoy it."
Columbus' reply: "Doesn't that just prove how backward they are? You'd never see a civilized man doing a thing like that."
Five hundred years later the question is being asked again.
The Last Cigarette uses a compilation of Hollywood clips, vintage cigarette commercials, anti-smoking scare-films, Congressional battle-footage, smoking esoterica and much more to examine how we got from there to here. It casts a satirical eye on the notably uncivilized tactics employed by both sides in today's smoking wars.