Originally published in The Times of Trenton on nj.com
Consider for a moment a scene from “Mad Men” — almost any scene will do — and the copious smoke curling from the cigarettes accessorizing nearly every character.
The series is fictional, of course, but the prevalence of smoking was not.
From those days to these, the difference is extraordinary. Smokers now are the exception rather than the rule – and a lot of that has to do with four decades of work by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
As it marks 40 years of attending to the public’s health, the country’s largest philanthropic foundation is credited for its role in the creation of the nation’s 911 emergency system; the dramatic decrease in unwanted teenage pregnancies; and evolving perceptions of hospice care.
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