Vintage Tobacco Ads Hid The Hazards of Smoking

12 Feb

The University of Stanford School of Medicine has a showcase of images of tobacco ads from the days of yore, all of which cleverly hid the hazards of smoking. I remember listening to old radio shows like ‘The ¬†Shadow” (via some updated version of media, not actually on the radio). On commercial breaks, the voice ads for Camel cigarettes stated “doctors recommend Camel cigarettes”. Doctors!

So it’s no surprise that other cigarette ads went so far as using babies, your mood, dieting and every other feel good trick in the book to get you hooked. Take a look.

Toasted? What are they sesame seeds or marshmallows?

Rock Hudson, a dog, and a better disposition. Smoking helps you feel less bitchy. Yea, cause your addicted. I love how the wife’s husband is transformed into a barking dog, sans cigarette, but by smoking you can transform into Rock Hudson and be as cool as a cucumber. Is that Lassie with him?

Using babies. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Back in the day cigarette ads took a common side effect of appetite suppression, and turned it into the new “diet”.

Who needs self-help books…compare all cigarettes and smoke ¬†yourself to death. And would someone please tell me what is a cigarette hangover is?

Go to The University of Stanford site to see all the ads and read all about the psychology behind them. It’s pretty interesting stuff.

2 Responses to Vintage Tobacco Ads Hid The Hazards of Smoking


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