Throwback Thursday: Blowing smoke in cigarette ads

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to a time when Madison Avenue minted money glamorizing cigarettes, blowing smoke in the face of mounting medical research and targeting kids. Oh, there’s no shortage of sexism, either.

What a time to be alive: Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble could share a Winston with your kids, and Lucille Ball told women that Phillip Morris cigarettes will make their husbands happy. York cigarettes apparently gave you mad flirting game, and collecting Raleigh cigarette coupons could get you a watch — and a transistor radio for your son. Three out of four doctors agree, nothing beats a smoke in your downtime — and women’s lib means ladies get their very own brand. So, smoke ’em if you got ’em.

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