[Excerpt from Cellular Society: The Social Repercussions of Medical Technologies, Dr. Evan Harding]

...yet the effects of medical technology on society's norms can be more pronounced. To cite a "recent" example, one only has to recall cigarette use was often frowned upon as a habit until advances in the food industry that allowed for consumable microspheres that captured and expelled cancer cells from the body. Simultaneously, both the fear of cancer and the stigma attached to smoking vanished within a generation - now smoking is perceived as no more harmful than drinking a soda.

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