Vintage Cigarette Ads: Watch the Glamour Fade

If you tell someone today that smoking leads to emphysema and chronic bronchitis, they’ll probably wave you off with a yeah, yeah, yeah and silently hate you for presuming

But in 1964 when the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health issued its report on the effects of lighting up, the findings were the first “to definitively link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease,” according to the CDC. Still, for decades many people continued to be ambivalent about the government’s perceived overreach.

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