Famous Figures #1: Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was a chain-smoking fashion pioneer who lived to be 87, about 10 years beyond even today’s current average life expectancy. France recently censored the appearance of her ever-present cigarette on movie posters. Perhaps the French government didn’t want to remind people of the truth: that smokers can be talented, become famous and respected, and despite smoking (or even chain-smoking) can still outlive most others.

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