There's a hidden secret to Jay Garrick's origin as the Golden Age Flash that people have managed to ignore/politely forget about over the years.
Young Jay is in for an all-nighter...
Still, I think it's undeniable--if he weren't a smoker, Jay Garrick never would have become the Flash!
Why do you think Thomas Wayne ducked down that alley? To catch a quick smoke on the way to the car!
Under that "gas mask"? Wesley Dodds was puffing away.
Super-soldier serum? 98% tobacco.
Bucky bursting in on Steve Rogers changing? He was looking to bum a smoke.
Tyler Pharmaceuticals? You know they sold tobacco. And the addictive chemical whose effects only lasted one hour? Nicotine.
Al Pratt? He was short because smoking stunted his growth.
It's undeniable--all Golden Age heroes owe their origin to tobacco!!
Bonus: health care 1940-style!
From Flash Comics #1 (1940)