Funny Cigarette Adverts
Throughout the 1940s 50s and 60s cigarette advertising was the single most dominant force in the world of marketing. The influence of their early advertising campaigns on sales figures was phenomenal.
Stressful events during this period such as World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War all played their part in fueling a widespread hunger for nicotine. This was also accelerated by employing the services of Hollywood stars to promote cigarette smoking, which gave the brands an air of glamour they had previously lacked, and played an essential part toward making it socially acceptable for women to smoke – effectively doubling the tobacco companies’ sales market.
However, these powerful brands with household names didn’t have it all their own way. Many years were spent fighting a war of their own against ever-growing health warnings and damning scientific evidence. Cigarettes had been cheerily referred to by the public as ‘coffin nails’ since the 1920s, but it took many decades for them to take their own advice seriously. It was during this mid-point of claims and counter-claims that some of the more interesting advertising campaigns were sporned.