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7 Vintage Holiday Ads That Would Be Banned Today

WARNING: This blog post may cause addictive habits. When viewing these vintage holiday ads, proceed with caution.

Nothing says Christmas like a pack of smokes. Apparently, at one point in our history, that was true. Cigarettes helped you get through the holidays. If you’re struggling with hanging those lights, take a break and have a smoke. Opening presents too stressful? Cool down with a Lucky Strike. Looking for last minute stocking stuffers? How about a carton of Chesterfields?

Today, tobacco advertising is now one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing. Some or all forms of tobacco advertising are banned in many countries. Here are some surprising tobacco advertising facts through history:

7 Vintage Holiday Ads That Would Be Banned Today

Given the restrictions levied on tobacco advertising today, it’s hard to imagine these ads ever existed:

Vintage Ad #1: This Christmas give cartons of Luckies. Luckies Taste Better.

Today’s take: This Holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving lung cancer.

Vintage Ad #2: So gather around…light up and share the very best at Christmastime. Always Buy Chesterfield.

Today’s take: Deck the Halls with cig-a-rett-es, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Vintage Ad #3: Chesterfield. Buy the beautiful “Christmas-card” carton.

Today’s take: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall and light up a Chesterfield!”

Vintage Ad #4: Make it a “Happy-Go-Lucky” Christmas! Give cartoons of Luckies!

Today’s take: How many open containers of Eggnog do you think are being transported?

Vintage Ad #5: More men have enjoyed White Owl than any other cigar ever made in the United States.

Today’s take: The quickest way to a man’s heart…is through his lungs. And kids, that is how Mrs. Claus, wooed Santa Claus.

Vintage Ad #6. A gift of pleasure – Luckies, A Light Smoke.

Today’s take: When they say “It’s Toasted” do they mean, Santa’s lungs?

Vintage Ad #7. Luckies Taste Better. So nice to give…to get…to serve…to enjoy!

Today’s take: Cigarettes make great white elephant gifts and stocking stuffers!


Ho-ho-cough-ho…The end of a cigarette he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

Have a safe and happy smoke-free holiday season.