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Cigarettes from Santa: Vintage Tobacco Christmas Advertising

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Ho-Ho-(cough)-Ho!  Merry-(cough)-Christmas!  Once upon a time, cigarettes were a Christmas present favorite – the gift that kept on giving (cancer).   While the kids were busy unwrapping their dolls and toy firetrucks, dad was opening his carton of Chesterfields.  And the tobacco industry wasn’t shy about promoting their yuletide smokes for the holidays – magazines were brimming with candy canes & cancer sticks.  The idea of St. Nick pushing coffin-nails may seem horrific today – but was a regular sight a few decades ago.

So, sit back and enjoy a winter wonderland of Camels, Lucky Strikes, and Pall Malls all wrapped up in Christmas ribbons.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy a Christmas light?

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  • Steve Mills

    Goddamn, was that Philip Morris kid ever not creepy? Stupid jauntily tilted hat. Weird giant head.

  • bobbych

    The artwork on many of these ads (especially from the 40’s and 50’s) was really well done. Also interesting to see the ads with film, radio and TV stars of the day. Having heard some of the old Jack Benny radio programs, it’s interesting to finally see what that crew actually looked like…

  • njguy54

    The gift that says “Merry Christmas” but means “I hate you and hope you die!”