Friday, February 13, 2009

Cigarette commercials are a classic

Me spent nearly one hour looking at various cig commercials (including commercials of menthol brands) posted online. Those old cig commercials show how times have changed for smokers since the 50s and 60s.

It was funny seeing "walking/talking cigs." That must've been the companies' way of making smoking look appealing to kids and teens back then.

I know those commercials were made in a lotta places I wish I could smoke at in modern times. Like a man going up escalators with a cig in his mouth, and smoking on buses and trains. I even came across a clip from the original version of the Price is Right before Bob Barker ever hosted that show period. And the area of where the contestants are at had a Newport ad on it.

Smoking was not just socially acceptable back then, but it was neat seeing even one game show from the 60's promote a cig brand. I definitely know of Winstons being an old sponsor of the Flintstones. Those Winston commercials with the Flintstones in em were my favorite cig commercials.

I bet antis would flip if cig commercials were still allowed, and they saw cartoon characters smoking any brand in it.

Too bad cig commercials are a definite thang of the past. It would be interesting to see what a cig commercial in the 21st century would still be like if they were neva banned. I'm sure there would be a lot more cig commercials based on light/ultra-light brands...those brands didn't exist before the 70's. You would probably see more of "us" in a modern version of a cig commercial too, particularly if the commercial dealt with menthols like Newport, Kool, or Salem.

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