Thursday, June 25, 2015

Marlboro Lights...the #1 brand for new smokers & teen smokers in general

Marlboro Lights.  This was the #1 brand teens (and "late blooming" adult smokers) used to start smoking with.  Its still a popular lights brand today.  Even if it is true most people who smoke em are Caucasians (White smokers).

Seemed like when I was in school and college, the sexiest girls always turned out to be smokers.  And most of them had the Marlboro Lights.  Some college ladies had the ML MENTHOL Lights.  But from my experience, Marlboro Gold Lights was the #1 brand to see among Caucasian HS/college girls.  With Marlboro Reds being #2 for ladies in that same group.

I actually remember seeing at least two Blacks smoking MLs (aside from my mom).  A Black lady in downtown smoked a ML outside (this was in 2000).  I even saw her own ML 100 pack as she sat down.   And a bro in a dorm room at my college asked for a cig....which of course was a ML.  I was a college freshman at that time. All of the people in the room were drinking beer and smoking ML kings...I didnt see any other brand in that "party dorm room."

I agree Marlboro Lights make a good brand for a new smoker.  Smoking these allows someone to get the feel of dragging a cig and inhaling.  But once the person gets used to smoking, I wouldnt blame him/her for switching to a stronger, full flavored brand. 

Now if a person actually starts smoking with a Newport, Marlboro Red, or even Kools, a ML is gonna feel mo like sucking air outta straw then.  I actually remember saying "This [ML 100] tastes like chocolate milk" when I was 19 and I was already used to smoking Newports .  lol

 The ML kings have slightly stronger drags than the 100s.  And the menthol ones have a lil more taste to them with the added mint flavor of course.  But if I had to pick one, it would actually be the Gold Lights.

I could've seen myself smoking these now and then when I was in my 20s and I actually did.  Even chainsmoked 15 ML 100s once maybe 10-12 years ago. (That's 15 cigs.  NOT packs-lol)  They're easier to chainsmoke than Newports, thats for sure.  But thanks to modern pack prices, those chainsmoking days are over.  I dont think I even chainsmoked 8 Newports...the most I ever did was 6 Newport 100s.

Chainsmoke is when a person smokes one cig after another without taking a break in between cigs.  In other words, if you put a fresh cig in your mouth and light it up while putting the lit cig butt out (from your previous cig), then you would be chainsmoking at least 2 cigs.

 As far as the ML ad itself is concerned, it would look better if a lady was in it instead ot the Marlboro Man.  I think of Reds when I see him.  I think of HS girls and young ladies in college when I hear "Marlboro Lights."  I'd still smile at a lady who switched from MLs to at least Reds (assuming she aint into menthols). 

MLs are a good all-white brand to see ladies smoke.  But they aint a real cig to enjoy for my personal smoking.  By the way, in some countries, MLs are actually CORKED cigs.  And they even got less nic in em than the US version.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A bonus Eve ad for this week

I don't know the country this Eve ad is from.  But seeing this babe take a drag on her Eve caught my attention.  Seeing cig ad models hold lit cigs is nice.  But I dont even remember seeing ladies take actual drags in the USA cig ads before.

Eve was one of those 120's brands which first came out in the 70s.  A cute woman actually savoring her cig in this ad makes the other Eve ads I've seen look dull.  Especially since the Eve ads I remember seeing only had the packs in em.

(Maybe this is an 80s ad? I aint sure.)

I guess to some folks in the 90s era (at least EARLY 90s), Eve was more like "an old lady's cig" to em.  I actually never saw this brand before outside of ads.  Not even in the 80s.  VS, Misty, More, Carlton, Capri, and Newport are the 120s I remember seeing for sure in the 80s and 90s. 

I believe I was a lil kid when Salem Slim Lights 120s were still on the market in the early-mid 80s. Since I have seen those 120s in Salem Spirit ads from that decade.

 And I never saw Max and Saratoga for the first time in my life til I got on the net in the late 90s.    Even when they were available, Max/Saratoga were still hard to find in general.

Happy 30th anniversary, Virginia Slims 120s!

This appears to be a VS 120s ad from '85.  The same year when this version of VS first came out.

The lady looks very elegant and sexy.  She looks soooo good, I wouldn't mind taking a VS 120 from her if she offered me one.  Even if it's a VS Regular 120.  I guess when BT is introducing a new 120, or a new version of VS, might as well make it a 2-page ad.  So you can catch ladies' attention while they read their favorite magazine.

I wouldn't be surprised if this ad was used as a billboard/side of a bus ad as well.

The only thing missing in this cute ad is the "You've come a long way, baby" slogan.

I actually tried a pack of the VS Regular 120s once in my 20s.  Both flavors are good brands for a smoker who's used to enjoying lights.  This is my most preferred 120s brand for ladies  A cute woman with a long and pretty all-white VS 120 both go hand in hand.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Virginia Slims ad from the 60's

"You've come a long way, baby." 

The famous slogan connected with Virginia Slims (VS).  VS was born in 1960.  I know this cause I remember seeing a 1990 VS ad which recognized the brand's 30th birthday at the time.  This ad is from 1969.

Notice anything different in this VS ad?   Its true the VS packs looked slightly different in the 60s compared to a modern pack (like the VS name on a modern pack is vertical instead of horizontal).

But there's something more significant to someone with good eyes when you compare this ad with other ads I posted on my blog.  Yup, this ad doesnt have the infamous SG warning as well as no stats on the VS cig's tar/nic content.  Cig ads made before 1971 had no warnings (and the packs/cartons had no warnings as well).

This ad is also from one of the last years of the cig tv/radio commercials era in the USA.  If ads HAD the SG warning in the 60's, I wouldnt know how you could put a SG warning in a tv cig commercial.  I remember seeing a VS tv commercial on U-Tube once.  

Virginia Slims....the original slim cig brand for ladies.  Some smoking ladies believe smoking helps keep them slim.  If a woman still believes smoking helps her lose weight, maybe she smokes a slim brand (if not VS).  After all,, if a woman wants to stay slim, she might as well make Virginia Slims her main brand.  Since the slim cigs can help her STAY slim. 

I heard of people who quit smoking and it didnt take them long to GAIN more weight.

VS is certainly the "Marlboros" of the slim cigs world.  But PM didnt start making VS 120s til 1985.  I'll have to look for a VS 120 ad next.

The rare times when I smoked the VS Menthol 100s, they tasted like a slimmer version of Benson and Hedges Menthols.  And had a stronger feeling (on drags) than their 120s siblings.  I do not think VS were ever available in king size.