Whenever I interview public health officials about smoking rates among any population, they always discuss how cigarettes are marketed.
They argue cigarette companies target young people and minority populations. For example, Project SCUM was recently brought up in an interview I did about high smoking rates among people with mental illness. As a side note, here’s Philip Morris explaining its marketing strategy.
I wanted to look back at cigarette ads throughout the past several decades.
Here are some ads that were published in the Oklahoman. I’ve included the date that each advertisement was published. As you click through the ads, you’ll start to notice a warning from the Surgeon General in the mid-1960s. (And I’ve included one ad from the Oklahoman that compared the smoking habit to the newspaper habit. Probably not our best idea ever.)
And this song is now stuck in my head.