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How Rod Serling became the poster child for NOT smoking...

During World War II, the U.S. cigarette companies provided their tobacco products to U.S. soldiers for free. Like so many other soldiers expecting to die at any minute, Rod Serling welcomed the distraction and buzz that cigarettes provided. And like so many soldiers who survived the bullets and bombs, he returned to the U.S. a tobacco addict.

30 years and a million cigarettes later,
Rod Serling died of heart failure.

Tragically, he was only 50 years old.

During production of a Twilight Zone episode, circa 1960.

Rod visited his mentor for former teacher Helen Foley and delivered a commencement address at Binghamton Central High School in January 1968.

Broome College

Broome College

not Broome College

Broome College

Broome College

1959 Publicity photo

Rod with Fielder Cook, director, while at work on "Patterns."
Jan. 1955.  Source: Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.