Why Do We Still Think Smoking Is Sexy?Dodai Stewart8/19/10 1:12pmFiled to: BreathlessSmokingMichael DouglasMad MenJohnny Deppdita von teeseClint EastwoodJoan hollowayTVCelebritiesCelebrityLindsay LohanBrad PIttBarack ObamaRobert PattinsonJon HammDon draperKirk DouglasCigarettesCigarsSmokersCancerTopSexSexy5152EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkCigar Aficionado cover celeb Michael Douglas quit smoking four years ago. Recently, he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and according to reports, there's a chance he could lose his voice. And yet: Smoking still holds a certain sex appeal.Back in the day, Michael Douglas's father Kirk Douglas starred did Chesterfield ads, which insisted that cigarettes can leave a "clean, fresh" taste in your mouth.In the movies, Jean Paul Belmondo, Bette Davis and other silver-screen stars smoked during romantic moments; often having a cigarette was a signal for wanting sex, a clue that a character had just had sex, or a straight-up substitute for a sex scene.But smoking was also for the tough guys, the rebels.Decades after the Official Findings and the Surgeon General reports, even though we knew better — smoking was still a way to telegraph sex/sexiness to an audience. (Smoking was also marketed as a feminist act and something beautiful.)ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.