HBO’s ‘Winning Time’ features the characters who smoke a lot

In the new HBO docudrama “Time to Win: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” — which aired the first season finale Sunday night — most of the main characters smoke… Many.

And Everywhere.

in offices.

In the courtyards and locker rooms.

In restaurants, nightclubs, beauty salons and airplanes.

And of course in the bedrooms after intercourse.

But this is not surprising.

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Based on Jeff Perlman’s 2014 bestselling book “Showtime: Magic, Cream, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty in the ’80s,” the first season of “Winning Time” is set in 1979-80 – when cigarette smoking was frequent and ubiquitous. Like using a cell phone today.

My parents were heavy smokers, and as a kid in the ’70s—one who was forced to get his fair share of ashtrays in arts and crafts classes—I can attest to the authenticity of these photos.

in the sixties

Heck, I haven’t felt this kind of event specific to the age watching middle-aged men smoking on TV since Jon Hamm’s Don Draper starred in “Mad Men.”

Truth be told, the sight of Adrien Brody playing Pat Riley pre-coated with hair – lighting his cigar, then taking that first long draw with the kind of deliberate, purposeful bravado one would imagine Riley was doing back in the day – could be a sobering declaration of just how awesome Smoking in appearance.

Pat Riley played in the NBA for ten years and won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972.

Good thing such ads are banned.

In fact, getting far beyond society from those days to where we are now – with smokers banished to their homes, cars and some outdoor spaces – is one of the underrated social miracles of our time.

However, smoking remains one of the biggest threats to public health. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that tobacco-related causes are responsible for more than 480,000 deaths in the United States each year. Lung cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States (after melanoma and breast cancer) and is by far the leading cause of cancer death in the country—about 130,000 Americans are expected to die of the disease this year.

After being named head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1981, Pat Riley also quickly became a fashion and style icon.

Because lung cancer is often fatal when it isn’t detected early, the American Cancer Society recommends annual lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans for people ages 55 to 74, who are moderately healthy, and who meet the following conditions: Also: they currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years; And you have at least 30 years of smoking history.

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