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Remember Cigarette Ads?

Updated on March 23, 2014

You know I remember when PC meant Politically Correct and I guess it still does but Politically Correct doesn’t instantly come to mind when you first hear it. I do remember that I hate the whole concept of being PC and even fought it tooth and nail. It represented everything that I wasn’t and that I didn’t want for this nation of ours. But the more I fought it; I realized that that is the way of the world. Bill Clinton was going to get re-elected no matter what I did, and books such as Little Red Riding Hood would be banned in some schools because of the reference in it that has to do with some wine in a basket for grandma.

Anyway, my whole point to this PC thing, and I probably went in a big circle here but who cares right? My point is that I remember during these times in the 90’s when I had this fascination with old magazines because of the brilliance and colorfulness of the ads and the politically incorrectness of some of these ads, especially liquor ads and cigarette ads. They cracked me up. I thought OMG, people would literally shit a brick if they saw a man giving his daughter a crisp pack of Lucky Strikes cigarettes on her prom night while he is helping her put on her pearls. Giving her a gift of cigarettes to ensure a better time at the prom; I found this in such bad taste and form but also so utterly ridiculous as well as funny as hell.

Ever since then I fell in love with these ads such as the Chesterfield ads. They took such pains to make these cigarette ads so beautiful, even though they were so totally politically incorrect. Nevertheless I couldn’t get enough of these wonderful ads, that were filled with actresses and actors just lighting up and letting you know how great smoking was for you. There was even an ad that I saw in a Chesterfield ad that showed a Dr. or pretend Dr. giving someone a pack of cigarettes and to smoke to their health. That is just too funny. My ex-husband and I would buy old magazines from antique stores for the ads and frame the cigarette ads and we started quite a collection.

Although I know that cigarettes are bad for you and all, I still get a kick out of those ads and how fun they were to look for. I have put some more familiar ones in this hub so you can enjoy these beautiful but oh so politically incorrect ads. Enjoy and prepare to cringe. Whichever you prefer.

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  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Bilaras thanks for reading and Im glad that the ads didn't influence you. Those Joe Camel ads I guess were sending out the wrong message and they completely did away with them. Thanks for the comment. Cheers.

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    Edward Happer MSc 

    8 years ago

    I remember the John Player add with triplane and it was my favorite add. I never got into smoking, which proves that adds have nothing to do with smoking.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    mwatkins you are welcome and thanks for the compliment. There was a lot of smoking going on in my home as well from my dad and I smoked for many years and finally kicked the habit. These articles are so funny in the way they promoted cigarettes back then of course before they knew how bad they were aparently. I thank you for the lovely compliment on my writing believe me it is a work in progress. Blessings.

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    8 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

    Thank you for a trip down memory lane! Seems like more than a lifetime ago! My folks smoked, which is why my brother and I don't. But, dad and mom were also my heroes! Your way of writing is so intriguing and funny and direct that I can't wait to read more of your hubs! Thank you!

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    MFB III 

    8 years ago from United States

    some of the most deadly toxins in the world come packaged in a beautiful exterior, nightshade the flower, various poisonous mushrooms in bright and vibrant colors, the graceful wings of a stingray, the humble buttercuops when eaten fresh by livestock can burn out the inside of their esophagus, cute and lovely toys can be made of lead or have lead paint to harm children, some makeup that women wear contains tioxic ingredients, there is a long list of beautiful things that can be deadly...much like your cigarette ads. great hub~~~MFB III

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    obsexed I agree and thanks for reading.

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    Katie Butler 

    8 years ago from Sensual, USA

    LOL, I love these ads also! They are so funny in today's world.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Oh I can certainly relate to that. I smoked for many years and I have been a nonsmoker for 4 years now. Glad I got that monkey off my back. I wish you luck. Thanks for commenting.

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    Moulik Mistry 

    8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

    Good article, I appreciate it...I can't stop smoking...

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    You are right uliveulearn maybe they will feel the same way about those beer ads who knows. Thanks for stopping by.

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    8 years ago from Canada

    Thankfully our attitudes, ideals and education has come a long way. I'm so glad it is no longer politically correct to glamorize smoking but it's certainly interesting and fun looking back. This will be a good link to lighten up my quit smoking hub. I wonder what current ads will provide humor for our grandchildren.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for stopping by Dolores I sure do like them too. Thanks

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    Dolores Monet 

    8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Great old ads. I love any old ads. I found an old magazine from 1952 of my mothers and low and behold, discovered that I was using a lot of the same products advertised in it. Palmalive, Camay, Tide, and some others. Funny.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Oh come on Amillar lets not say anything negative about Ronald Reagan, besides that was way back when he was an thanks for reading.

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    8 years ago from Texas

    Thank you hypnodude you always have words of encouragement for me, I appreciare it. I love vintage things as well, especially the cig ads because they were so ignorant about how bad cigarettes were for you and I guess that is why they are so funny to me but they are nice to look at, and that is why my zazzle and printfection stores are nothing but vintage items. I can't get enough of them. Thanks for taking the time to visit and thank you so much for the congratulations.

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    8 years ago from Italy

    I like vintage things, and those ads were pretty well done. Congratulations on reaching 1000 views, well deserved. :)

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    8 years ago from Scotland, UK

    Ronald Reagan pushing fags - it figures.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Caliber I agree, I remember those old Dean Martin shows and he always had a cig in his hand. If you ever watch an old I love lucy show they smoked like trains all the time which brings me to my point that it would never happen now, it is way too politicallyi incorrect. Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure.

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    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Sa Toya I agree with you there was a certain glamour about them but they were so out of touch with dangers of smoking I guess because they just didn't know back then yet. But they were fun to look at, thanks for stopping by. Appreciate it.

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    50 Caliber 

    8 years ago from Arizona

    A fun hub, I remember the Johny Carson Show, and the Dean Martin show and how funny they were and they smoked like they were on fire! and included many cigarette promotion ads as well as live statements by them. I remember George Carlin's bit on cigarette ads in the early '70s I think, it was pretty funny.

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    Sa Toya 

    8 years ago from England

    I don't remember...before my time I guess. But they are pretty attractive. I love pin ups and theses ads are pin upish.

    The baby one, there's a part of me that's not a fan of encouraging mother to light up a cig....but it made me crack the hell up!

    Not to mention the blow in her face and she'll follow you anywhere-'s like a real life family guy moment.

    I found them hilarious. Thanks for the giggles :D


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