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Getting in a huff about the morality of smoking in 'How I Met Your Mother'
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I asked him about it via e-mail and he expanded his thoughts:
It was necessary to make it believable - the struggle with quitting, the peer pressure and social nature of smoking. But the raspy voice, coughing, burns. They all knew smoking was bad and eventually quit. It had to be a soft sell of smoking = bad or it wouldn't fly. But I think the message in the end was this is not cool.
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Or are we all just blowing smoke?


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