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14 Absurd Ads From Before We Knew Cigarettes Could Kill You

Lou Pizante

Fifty years ago, in 1964, the US Surgeon General released one of the most progressive documents on smoking of its time, stating definitively that, yes, smoking tobacco can indeed be fatal. And with it, the Untied States' cigarette culture began its (often frustratingly, grudgingly slow) overhaul from hipness and health to shame and decrepitude. Imagine the reaction were any of these (often beautifully designed) ads to appear today!

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