The last two novels I read, both Pulitzer-Prize winners,The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and All the Light We Do Not See, gratuitously include lots of cigarette smoking, described in a neutral if not positive light.
I'd welcome your posting a comment here to say whether you've noticed this in award-winning novels that you've read.
I cannot help but wonder if
the tobacco companies paid the authors to embed that. If so, how
hypocritical that these authors, who take pains to write with antiseptic
political correctness, encourage people to smoke cancer sticks merely to
make more money. It feels especially reprehensible because they're already wealthy and write disparagingly about the wealthy.