Saturday, April 30, 2011

30 April 1919: Cigarette Ad Includes Endorsement from a Medical Journal

On this day in 1919, the Athens Banner included this large advertisement:

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Sweet Caporal cigarettes also distributed collectible cards, pins, and domino discs with each package of cigarettes, primarily featuring baseball players and other athletes, but also bass, birds, flags, cartoons, or actresses as well. Many of these cards can currently be found on memorabilia and auction websites.

Flavored cigarettes were banned in the United States as of 22 September 2009, as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (pdf). Plain Sweet Caporal cigarettes are still manufactured today by Imperial Tobacco Canada.

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