Back Before Warning Labels: Vintage Cigarette Ads

Doctor’s Orders

Camel ads

Advertisement of Camel cigarettes

Remember the days when cigarette ads were warning-free creations involving smoking doctors? Tobacco execs sure do. This week five companies filed a lawsuit against the FDA, challenging the constitutionality of new warning labels that will cover the top half of cigarette packages in 2012. The graphics include a sick baby and a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his neck. (See the labels in question.) With this in mind, LIFE.com takes a look back at the early days of cigarettes advertising, when the only babies involved were smiling. Here, a Camel ad from 1946.

Will Not Stick

Our Little Beauties

Ad for "Our Little Beauties"

An ad for “Our Little Beauties” pressed cigarettes, circa 1895.

Just Say Yes

Yes cigarettes

Yes cigarettes advertising

A French ad for Benson and Hedges, 1970.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Chesterfield cigarettes

Chesterfield ad

A Chesterfield ad from 1938.

At Sea

Winston

Advertising for Winston cigarettes

Advertising for Winston cigarettes with filter in July 1963.

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