Things were so easy in the past. No one was all in your shit for partaking in vices that were bad for you. They just threw it out there to see if you’d bite. And you did, blindly and blissfully unawares. Ash-stained fingers and all.
The cigarette advertising industry was in full Mad Men swing mid-century, everyone eager to partake, charging on with this happy and carefree self-destruction. And for posterity they left behind sometimes hilarious often gorgeous advertising to sell it all.
Here are 20 of the best cigarette advertisements from the early teens all the way through to the present day. Enjoy the irony and whimsical nature of these great ads from the 20th century.
Dubek Cigarette Company pack design by the Austrian-Jewish-Israeli graphic designer Franz Krausz.
Fabulous design on this, Villemot ad. 1952, Papier à Cigarettes, Maquettes
By the 70s the tobacco advertisers gave up on the taste angle going more for the physical reactions your body gets by smoking. This is the quintessential cigarette romance. From popular Science Magazine, 1972.
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Okay, cigarette smoking is bad for you. Many of these people are already dead. If you feel like you don’t want to die from emphysema maybe make a call to some substance abuse treatment centers and feel better about your future.
TV Commercials That Will Knock Your Socks Off – totally entertaining or otherwise beautiful commercials that won’t cease to blow you away.
The Best Sci-Fi Films of the 1970s – love or hate the decade, you can’t deny these movies were awesome.