Tuesday, July 28, 2015
I remember asking my mom as a teen if she ever heard of a brand in the 70s called Twist. She said she never heard of Twist when I brought em up. I first heard of Twist when I saw an ad for em in a '73 or '74 Ebony mag.
Obviously, Twist had to be discontinued before '80. A smoker on the net mentioned not too many people were buying the lemon-flavored menthols. I guess even in an era when something like 60% of the USA adults smoked cigs, not too many smokers were interested in smoking lemon-flavored cigs.
Since flavored cigs are banned by the FDA in modern times (except menthols), I dont think you'll have to worry about seeing Twist packs making a comeback behind store counters anytime soon.
Speaking of flavored cigs, I remember seeing packs of cherry-flavored Kools in 2004. As well as coffee-flavored Camels. The FDA didnt have control over cigs before '09.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Satin. This is a brand which existed in the 80s. I believe Lorillard is the tobacco company who made em. I think Satin actually first hit the market in the 70s.
I first heard of Satins off of the smoking message boards/forums. But I dont remember seeing the Satin pack or Satin ads in my boy days. I dont even remember seeing this brand in cig vending machines!
(Yes, I lived during a time when kids and teens could buy packs from cig vending machines, and IDs werent required for those pack purchases.)
Satin is obviously one of many cig brands which no longer exist today.
Friday, July 24, 2015
I remember seeing Kool Milds ads on the back covers of some magazines. Women AND men appeared in em.
I recall seein a few young ladies in my college days with Kool Mild packs. One of em even offered me one. But I made the mistake of telling her "No thanks. I got my own but they're Newports."
(If she had a Marlboro Light or a ML menthol, I wouldve accepted her offer then.)
Since I never tried Kool Mids on my own, I have no comment as far as their taste is concerned. i'm guessing they're more like Kool LIGHTS in reality based on their name.
The lady herself in the above ad looks a lot more "KOOL and sexy" than the pack.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I dont really get the message of "Smoking cigs is KOOL" from seeing this very old ad. But the lady certainly looks "KOOL" riding the pack. I'm actually pretending the pack she's riding is more like her driving a motorcycle. I guess based on how the ad is made, she is actually riding on a boat figuratively at a beach with green, menthol water. (The Kool pack is her "boat." I dont think she's surfing.)
This must be an ad from the 30s and 40s. When all cig brands were nonfilters and Kool was the ONLY menthol on the market in that era. The corked tip on NF Kools looks neat...gives you an idea on which end of the cig to put into your mouth. lol
More menthol brands didnt start appearing til the late 50s. When BT started making cigs with filters To make smokers feel better at smoking without having to worry about getting tobacco in their mouths. And without having to worry about getting cancer at all....the first claims of smoking causing lung cancer started appearing in the mid 40s I believe. The filtered Kools were introduced in '56 and they were portrayed as safer cigs to smoke (than NFs) during that era.
Of course, back then, it wasnt exactly proven smoking can cause cancer at all. I do remember reading about a wife trying to sue RJR in court in the 50s after her husband died from lung cancer. She was convinced him smoking Camels for years caused him to die. But she lost her case.
If this happened in the late 90s or afterwards, she wouldve WON her case then. Since everyone in the 50s socially accepted smoking, and nobody thought cigs were really bad for their health. Til the SG started appearin with his '64 report on the cons of smoking and cigs. And then when smokers started getting scared of the smoking cons, BT invented the light/ultra light brands as a way to prevent people from quitting smoking, making smokers think light/ULs are "safer cigs" to smoke than hi tar/hi nic cigs.
The light/UL cigs were the NEW "safer cigs to smoke" in the 70s era, The truth is BT invented filtered cigs in the 50s and then the lights/ULs 2 decades later as two ways to make millions of adults (and teens) to keep buying their products. After all if everyone stopped smoking when all brands were NFs alone, BT wouldve went outta business (And we wouldnt have cigs at all by now). Gotta some up with some ideas to keep people buying cigs and to (more importantly) keep making money off of their pack/carton purchases!
Nothing is really "safer" for your health in this world. Not just filtered/light/ULcigs. Diet pop really aint safer to drink than sugary pop.
I dunno if I'd smoke a NF Kool. Those nonfiltered cigs even look smaller than king sized filtered cigs. I'm used to holding long cigs. Not cigs that look more like white toothpicks or fatter joints.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Kool....the first-ever menthol cig brand...and obviously the oldest menthol brand as well.
A lotta Kool ads in the 60s-mid 70s had the waterfall theme i think the Kool ads from the 80s and 90s looked a lot better than this one. But I understand the connection between a waterfall and a "refreshing menthol cig." Seeing the waterfall is "refreshing" in itself.
The Kool Mild ads from my boy days had women in em. I've actually seen Black women in some 70s Kool ads before. If I lived in the 60s/early 70s, I would love to try a Kool pack from that era. Since Kools used to be the #1 menthol back then.
I do remember trying Kools a few times in the late 90s, before RJR bought the brand. The original Kools tasted a lot like Newports....strong tasting cig with more tobacco flavor and a touch of mint flavor.
The RJR version of Kools in modern times taste more like a corked Salem....they have a lot more of the menthol taste than tobacco now. Even the original Kool pack looks better to me than the modern pack.
Newports are the Marlboros of menthols, based on their popularity in the modern era. Since almost every menthol smoker (especially Black smokers) prefer Newports over Kools. But Kools are the "original Marlboros of menthols."
Friday, July 17, 2015
This is one of the 50's Marlboro ads. One of the original Marlboro ads with a man. When PM got rid of the lady/"Mild as May" theme and started marketing Marlboro as a men's brand instead.
This "Marlboro Man" has a Joe Torre-like face. lol
Obviously, when PM changed the theme, they changed the Marlboro pack itself to the one we all used to seeing in the modern era.
When you look at ads like these from the 40s/50s, you would think cigs would be just about as normal for your health as seeing a kid with a candy bar.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
....as seeing Joe Camel to antismokers. If PM used babies in their Marlboro ads in the 90s.
I could see several antismokers going "OMG" when seeing a baby in a cig ad. Babies in cig ads, cartoon characters smoking cigs in tv commercials AND paper ads (this era had the cartoon penguin in Kool paper ads, while my era had Joe of course). Even cigs walking around like normal people!
This was all normal to see when BT marketed cigs before 1970. I do believe having babies in cig ads (as well as the lie of cigs being a good medicine alternative) eventually got banned before the 60s for sure. I never saw a baby in even a 60s cig ad.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Here's one Marlboro ad before the Marlboro Man days.
I remember hearing about how the end of non-filtered Marlboros used to be red to match the red lipstick on ladies' mouths. I wish I heard of a filtered brand that had red filters.
I'm guessing this is a Marlboro ad from the 40s. When ALL cig brands were nonfilters. Filtered brands became mo common in the late 50s.
Notice how the original Marlboro pack looks much different than the Marlboro pack we're all used to seeing in the 21st century? I'm guessing the lady in the ad is a redhead herself.
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I'm sorry, I was thinking of a different Marlboro ad from the 40s I was looking at. Don't worry. I will actually post an ad later on, with the actual Marlboro pack from the NF era (NF = Nonfilter) .
The cig itself obviously looks different than the Marlboro cig in the modern era.