40 Gorgeous Vintage Tobacco Advertisements

Tobacco advertising has got to be one of the most morally questionable industries out there.

It seems these advertisers would stop at nothing to exploit every possible resource – all in name of peddle their wares.  A few victims of tobacco advertisements include celebrities, doctors, children, the military, Christmas, nostalgia, cartoon characters, and of course everyone’s favorite – sex.  I suppose all in all not much has changed.

But in all their morally questionable motives these advertisers did manage to create some beautiful works of art.  This is why I’ve assembled my favorite 40 vintage tobacco advertisements for your enjoyment.

It should go without saying that these are for inspirational purposes only.  We here at WellMedicated do not condone the messages of any of these ads – we merely think they’re purrrdy.

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Yo, I'm Andrew Lindstrom. I am a freelance web designer based in Vancouver, Canada. When not geeking out over design, I'm likely geeking out over film, technology or pretending to play the guitar.

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  1. Wow these old ads are fun to see again. I remember seeing some of them in magazines and newspapers. The good ole days.

  2. Great job Andrew Lindstrom. For years I had 2 ads framed and in my house…both were ‘Doctor’ endorsed ads. one from Camel cigs and the other Lucky Strike…both claiming ‘More Doctors smoke our brand….’based on nation wide surveys etc… the Irony and sadness from them. Good job Andrew.
    the question to ask is Did they know and when did they KNOW it RE: These seductive adverts.

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