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54 Vintage Tobacco Ads

But remember, kids, smoking kills.

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So these days the only smoking adverts you're likely to see are graphic lung cancer warnings on cigarette packets. But it wasn't always like that. Back in the day, everyone from Santa to Bill Crosby was advertising them. Herewith, our pick of the best:

23. 1944

So what they're saying is this: "Yes, we're expensive. Yes, you'll be able to find cheaper cigarettes. But just take our word for it and believe that our cigarettes are worth it. Please?"

14. 1936

So I imagine the brainstorming meeting for this advert went something like this:

"Hey guys, we need to think outside the box here."

"How about we use a sinister cartoon penguin and give him a bow and arrow."

"Yes, a bird and archery combination is exactly what we need."

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