Craziest Cigarette Advertisements: 50 Years After the Surgeon General’s Smoking Report

Jan 18, 2014 8:09am

It’s hard to believe that 50 years ago “The Flintstones” were pitching smoking to families sitting in front of their televisions when today even the color of cigarette packaging is regulated.

Fifty years after Surgeon General Luther Terry released the landmark 1964 report, “Smoking and Health” (pictured below),  fewer American adults are smoking, according to the latest Surgeon General’s report released on Friday.

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Decades ago, companies aggressively advertised with endorsements by celebrities such as comedians Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

The first seasons of the ’60s cartoon “The Flintstones” were sponsored by Winston Cigarettes, with ads that included Fred, Wilma and Barney.

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