Future shock: The death of football

It's becoming apparent that fines and rules won't fix the game's health hazards

Originally Published: October 22, 2010
By Patrick Hruby | Special to ESPN.com

Once upon a time in America, smoking was commonplace. Glamorous, even. It had cachet. People puffed at the office, got alive with pleasure on airplanes, turned sporting events into movable airborne toxic events. Cigarettes were even peddled as healthy; and if Big Tobacco's promises of steadier nerves and improved digestion didn't exactly square with the reality of inhaling incinerated bits of leaf nicotine laced with pesticides -- well, lighting up sure as heck felt good, and that painful ...

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