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In the 1900s, Being a 'Cigarette Fiend' Was a Legitimate Defense for Murder

A postcard from 1917 showing a "Cigarette Fiend", in a spell from "Madame Nicotine". (Photo: Public Domain) At the dawn of the 20 th century, the United States fell victim to an incredibly dangerous drug. Children were easy prey for the menace, one so toxic that even casual use turned the most mild-mannered man into a criminal maniac. “[T]he brain becomes sluggish... [a]t the same time the mind is full of wild fancies,” wrote Dr.
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