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John Wayne Camel Ad (Jul, 1954)

Of course ten years later John Wayne was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to have a lung removed.

John Wayne… a Camel fan goin’ on 24 years!

TALK TO Camel smokers like John Wayne, popular Hollywood star, and you’ll quickly see why Camels keep increasing their lead over the next brand! Clearly, nothing matches Camels’ blend of costly tobaccos for genuine mildness and specially-rich flavor! If you smoke for the pure pleasure of smoking, try Camels for 30 days. See what you’ve been missing!
Camels agree with more people than any other cigarette!

Gas Under Pressure Operates Lighter (Sep, 1949)

That looks just like a modern butane lighter, but with a MUCH bigger fuel tank.

Gas Under Pressure Operates Lighter
Butane gas under pressure is the fuel used in a new cigarette lighter that yields more than 3000 lights before the tank is empty. A small knob is pushed with the thumb to release the jet of gas before the spark wheel is spun. When the fuel tank is empty, it is replaced with a new unit. The fuel from one tank will burn for three hours. It provides an odor-free flame and a “tasteless” light.

Ad: Get a Lift with a Camel! (Oct, 1934)

Now I like cigarettes as much as the next smoker, but never have I had a smoke and then said “Ahh that was refreshing! Now let’s go run around a tennis court!”. I’m wondering if Camel didn’t lace their cigarettes with speed in the 30’s. “Camels, now with the extra power of methodent!”

You’ll enjoy this pleasing “Energizing Effect”

When you’ve used up your energy— smoke a Camel and notice how you feel your flow of natural energy snap back.

This experience, long known to Camel smokers, has now been confirmed by a famous New York research laboratory. Camel smokers enjoy a positive “energizing effect” …a healthful and delightful release of natural, vibrant energy. A typical Camel experience is this, Ellsworth Vines, Jr. speaking—

Ash Tray Fits Cigarette (Jun, 1950)

Ash Tray Fits Cigarette

Smokers can attach a new ash tray directly to their cigarettes. The ash tray is a tube of stainless-steel screen with a hinged cap on one end. The smoker opens the metal cap, pushes the cigarette through the tube, lights it, then pulls it back until the end is in the tube. When he closes the cap the screen catches all the ashes. As the cigarette becomes shorter it is pushed farther into the tube. The cigarette also can be placed upright on the cap without danger of marring any surface.

Ad: Bomber Pilots Smoke Camels (Jul, 1942)

YOU WANT STEADY NERVES when you’re flying Uncle Sam’s bombers across the ocean

GERMANS OR JAPS, storms or ice… you’ve got to be ready for anything when you’re flying the big bombers across the ocean. You bet you want steady nerves. These two veterans above are Camel smokers. (Names censored by Bomber Ferry Command.) The captain (nearest camera), a Tennessean, says: “I stick to Camels.”

There’s LESS NICOTINE in the smoke

Ad: More Doctors Smoke Camels THAN ANY OTHER CIGARETTE! (Apr, 1946)

There is a Doctor in the House — and it took a minimum of $15,000 and 7 years’ hard work and study to get him there!

According to a recent Nationwide survey: More Doctors smoke camels THAN ANY OTHER CIGARETTE!

Family physicians, surgeons, diagnosticians, nose and throat specialists, doctors in every branch of medicine … a total of 113,597 doctors … were asked: “What cigarette do you smoke?” And more of them named Camel as their smoke than any other cigarette! Three independent research groups found this to be a fact.

Next time, get Camels. Compare them in your “T-Zone.”

Costlier Tobaccos

Ad: Marksmen Prefer Camels (Feb, 1938)

I was a smoker for about five years and I have never smoked a cigarette that “refreshed” me. It’s tobacco, not meth. Although when you’re sitting in a cube for hours on end jonesing for a smoke it certainly may seem refreshing.

I love the fact that the sniper’s name is Triggs. He was kinda born for that job, wasn’t he?

Do Expert Marksmen find that Camel’s Costlier Tobaccos make a Difference?

“YES, SIR, in any bunch of expert shots — Camels are the favorite cigarette,” says Ransford Triggs, one of the foremost marksmen in America. “Marksmen know that it takes steady nerves to make high scores. And the fact that Camels don’t frazzle my nerves goes over big with me. I smoke plenty of Camels every day, too.”

And millions of other people — the most loyal group of smokers in the world – put their “O. K.” on Camels too — making Camels the largest-selling cigarette in America

Chesterfield Ad: I really don’t know if I should smoke… (Jan, 1933)

This is an example of the cigarette industry brilliantly portraying their own propaganda as conventional wisdom.

In the 1920’s it was considered inappropriate for women to smoke. Realizing that they could double their market the American Tobacco company hired a man named Edward Bernays to change that perception. Bernays, who is considered the father of the public relations industry, decided it would be effective to associate smoking with freedom and womens suffrage. He payed models to march in women’s rights parades smoking cigarettes and referring to them as “Torches of Freedom”. Then he made sure all of the major papers and magazines noted this fact and prominently featured pictures of them. An easy task since he worked for their biggest advertisers.

The cigarette industry spent a lot of money to associate women getting the vote with smoking and apparently it was still paying off handsomely a decade later.

If you want to learn more about this and a host of other topics relating to marketing, propaganda, public relations and the rise of consumer society you should check out the amazing BBC documentary series “The Century of Self” by Adam Curtis (available at the Internet Archive and Google Video). I found it be a very eye opening experience.

I really don’t know if I should smoke…

… but my brothers and my sweetheart smoke, and it does give me a lot of pleasure.
Women began to smoke, so they tell me, just about the time they began to vote, but that’s hardly a reason for women smoking. I guess I just like to smoke, that’s all.

It so happens that I smoke CHESTERFIELD. They seem to be milder and they have a very pleasing taste.

the Cigarette that’s Milder
the Cigarette that Tastes Better


Other important things I’ve learned from this insightful series of ads:
Pain hurts!
Water is wet!
Nighttime is dark!


How’s your disposition today?

EVER FEEL TOUCHY AS A TIGRESS? Its only natural, when little annoyances irk you. But here’s a psychological fact: pleasure helps your disposition. That’s why everyday pleasures, like smoking for instance, are important. If you’re a smoker, it’s so sensible to choose your cigarette for utmost pleasure. What else but Camel!

It always has stopped raining (Apr, 1935)

I am utterly perplexed by this advertisement. Besides the obvious irony that for smokers sixty is more likely the beginning of the end, can someone please explain what point this ad is trying to get across? “It always has stopped raining”? Is that a proper sentence? It sounds like someone started with a sentence like “It felt like an eternity before the rain stopped.” then used google to translate it into french, then german then chinese then back into english again.

It always has stopped raining

Life begins at sixty


They Satisfy