Story: Smoking

Kiwi and Aussie cobbers smoking

Kiwi and Aussie cobbers smoking

This Second World War postcard illustrates mateship between Australian and New Zealand soldiers, with men of the two countries sharing a smoke. Both world wars greatly encouraged the spread of smoking, and military authorities provided cigarettes and tobacco as part of normal rations. Smoking was seen as a way to calm the nerves of men caught up in frightening and stressful situations.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-WAR-WII-1940s-04

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Smoking - Cigarettes rule: 1900–1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013