History’s Most Ridiculous Cigarette Ads

Published January 20, 2014
Updated March 1, 2018

By now, it’s pretty clear that paying to inhale carcinogens on a regular basis is not a decision made with much consideration for our lungs, wallets and loved ones. Anti-smoking ads are everywhere.

But over the last century and before we knew the many dangers of smoking cigarettes, puffing on a cancer stick was a hobby enjoyed and encouraged by everyone from relaxing royals to sultry saxophonists. Here are some of history’s most absurd cigarette ads:

Cigarette Ads Benson
Source: Anorak

Marlboro Mom
Source: Clive White

Cigarette Ads Virginia Slims
Source: Old Paper

Tareyton Twins Ad
Source: Flickr

Smart Cookie Cartoon
Source: Blogspot

Salem Refresh Ad
Source: Blogspot

Russian Smoking Ad
Source: Zamantika

Murad Dancers

Murad Cigarettes

Cigarette Ads Lucky Strike
Source: Lucky Strike

Hibiki Ad
Source: Diesel Punks

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