Gotta love vintage propaganda advertisements, especially ones that are partly responsible for the millions of deaths that have occurred from cigarette smoking.
“Smoking must be healthy if my doctor recommends it?”.
By the 1930s, the public had already began to express uncertainty about the ill health effects of smoking. Tobacco companies promptly responded with their “cigarettes are healthy” campaigns to reassure the public about their products – and thus safeguard their industry. One of tobaccos most strategic and effective ad campaigns was the use of the “doctor figure” as their poster child, to assure the consumer that their respective brands were safe.
To this end, tobacco marketers got every doctors they could find to endorse their products and make astonishing claims, with pseudo-scientific medical reports another staple of this strategy. These 10 vintage ads offer a terrifying glimpse into the minds of the cigarette companies at the time.