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10 Creepy Vintage Ads Of Doctors Endorsing Cigarettes

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2 years, 5 months ago
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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.

1) Luckies ad from the 1930s

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2) Camel Ad from the 1950s

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3) Tobacco ad from 1940s

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4) Camel ad from 1946

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5) Chesterfield ad from the 1950s

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6) Early 1900’s Asthma cigarette ad

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7) Camels 1950s ad

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8) 1920s Health Cigar ad

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9) Phillip Morris 1940s ad

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10) Camel 1920s ad

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11) Camel 1950s ad

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  • Tony R.

    All those people who endorsed smoking for health are now very dead. Arthur Godfrey (#5) was an entertainer, not a doctor, and he died from emphysema and pneumonia as a result of years of smoking cigarettes. Strangely, since many of the ads of the day promoted “less irritation”, “mildness”, and so on, didn’t it occur to anyone that simply not smoking would provide those benefits at no cost?