Eye Candy for Cigarette lovers!

September 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm (Branding and advertising)

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…

10 - my throat is safeMy say: Her throat may be safe but she looks like she has scarlet fever!

9.  Smoking for equality

9 smoking for equalityMy 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….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 Around7 lead women around

My say: How many women here would fall in behind a guy who smelt of stale smoke?

6.  Doctors Smoke Camels…6 docs 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..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.

4.  Elementary4 elemntary

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!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 Indians2 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

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

Bonus 1

bonus - clowns

My say: Okay – this one isn’t funny – it’s bloody scary!

Bonus 2

bonus2 nazi anti smoking campaign 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!”


  1. Abhilash said,

    Cool post Mandira….well tailored and aptly presented…guess there should hve been a moral or a conclusion drawn out as well…jst to give a finish to ur work….u know smokers r too talented to use the ads into their favour..especially d one that says ‘ Smoke on her face and she’ll follow u”..

    nyways….Kudos..Good work

    • Mandira Khanna said,

      Thnku abhilash..
      The saint me says: The moral of the story is that cigarette smoking is injurious to health.
      The devil me says: “wow”….i wud love to try that smoking on face on my girlfriend if i were a guy…
      but thats the devil me hah…dnt try that on ur respective gf’s ppl…trust me they can bann you from the planet!!
      Which one did you like the most?

      • Abhilash said,

        Ask me n my fav is the one which reads ‘Lead women around by the nose’….Flying Dutchman ciggies….hahah
        Hell..only if dat was true…a smoker wud be as fascinating as a casanova or a playboy…2 good 2 be true…wat say

  2. Mandira Khanna said,

    i think the copywriter who made the copy did not have any gf or a date ..and he was frustrated so all that he could think of was swooning women..so in short he was in a sad and a desperate state of affairs!!
    My say is the same…which girl will run after a guy who smelt of stale smoke?
    and if that were to take place then kindly tell dior, gucci n armani to come up with this stale smelling cologne..!! hahahha

  3. Kajari said,


    the first one in the list is the best
    10. My throat is safe… but her cheeks might not be.
    truely said it looks as if she had a scarlet fever. u know what, may be u should post the facts as well. i mean the real effects of smoking can lead to uncurable diseases like throat cancer and lungs cancer. there are lovely ads supporting the cause as well…..

  4. KeKe said,

    Hey Mandi,
    Good work. Keep them coming.
    Some pple like to be hooked on to fresh enthu…
    No points for guessing… ;)

    • Mandira Khanna said,


      will keep ya posted…hv thot of sm crazy stuff to write about!

      n ya keep commenting…its motivating


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