Good news for Guinness, bad news for Philip Morris

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It’s a good day and a bad day for purveyors of American vice. First, a nutritional study has backed centenarian Irene Goguen’s advice to “Drink beer. I did, and I’m still living.” According to the study, adult men can drink about two 12-ounce beers a day, twice the amount of sugary sodas, without any deleterious effects. (The study, funded by Lipton tea, not surprisingly recommended a higher daily allowance of caffeine as well.) On the other hand, the Washington Post reports that cigarette sales in the U.S. have fallen to a 55-year low. Anti-smoking advocates credit the fall, in part, to the deglamourization of cigarettes. Bogie and Bacall may have made smoking look cool, though I can’t say the same for Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Of course, as far as I’m concerned, this week’s news is good all around.

—Posted by Deanna Zammit