This week, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act – an act which outlaws flavored cigarettes (like clove) and the use of terms such as “mild” or “light”. There is definitely irony in this as Obama is known to smoke. In memory of yesteryear when cigarette advertising was everywhere, I have compiled this list of amusing (and probably shocking to many people) top 10 vintage cigarette posters. Many of the images were sourced from WellMedicated.
10. My throat is safe…
My say: Her throat may be safe but she looks like she has scarlet fever!
9. Smoking for equality
My say: “Women began to smoke, so they tell me, just about the time they began to vote”…hmm vintage thought indeed!
8. BLOW IN HER FACE….
My Say: I am not sure that “blowing” in your girlfriends face is going to get you very far…
7. Lead women Around
My say: How many women here would fall in behind a guy who smelt of stale smoke?
6. Doctors Smoke Camels…
Not My say but true: It is in fact true that in the past many doctors would “prescribe” smoking to pregnant women as a safer alternative to medicines in the control of blood pressure.
5. More Doctors..
My say: You have to love the urgency in this poster as the doctor is woken in the early hours of the morning to deal with a cigarette crisis.
My say: I think they screwed up with this ad – he looks more like a demon than a happy smoker to me..
3. Happy Chesterfield Christmas!
MY say as a smoker: I must confess, as a smoker I would appreciate these for Christmas – especially at today’s prices!
2. For Cowboys and Indians
My say: Not just a smoking ad – but a racial stereotype! God knows how this was meant to entice people to take up the habit.
1. Doctors of Morale
My say: Here is a doctor in the field who not only boosts your health – he boosts your morale: with a pack of camels!
Now Bonus time
My say: Okay – this one isn’t funny – it’s bloody scary!
True fact here:
Believe it or not, the Nazis were the first to launch nation-wide anti-smoking campaigns. The translation of this poster is: “Attack vices rather than complain about ‘burdens.’ 2 million KdF cars [the Volkswagen] up in smoke. Excessive use of tobacco costs the German people 2.35 billion marks annually, enough for around 2 million KdF cars, or enough gas for those cars to drive 50 billion kilometers (not million, dear proofreader)! We need to rationalize our people’s economy!”