Before the strict regulations of the ’60s, cigarette companies took an anything-goes approach to advertising, creating ads with sexist, racist, and wildly misleading content that would be unthinkable to see in print these days. Take a look back at the Wild West of tobacco ads, and see how far we’ve come.


Can you imagine the outrage if this 1938 ad ran today?

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And this 1955 ad would never get past an editor now.

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This one’s from 1926 and…woof.

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1947, meet 2016.

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Looks like 1952 has not aged well.

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1943 was…a different time.

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Wow. Talk about a blast from the past!