Celebrity Smokes: A Gallery of Star-Powered Cigarette Ads

It seems inconceivable now, but until about the mid-1960s it was quite common to see celebrities hawking cigarettes like it was no big deal. In fact, many radio, TV, and movie stars literally owed their livelihood to sponsorship from tobacco companies. Imagine seeing someone like George Clooney or Angelina Jolie smiling widely in cigarette ads exhorting you to pick up a carton of Marlboro. Weird, isn’t it?

Anyway, here’s a gallery of 20 such ads from the 1930s through the early 1960s featuring movie and TV stars, as well as famous athletes, using their star power to get you to buy cigarettes and cigars. Most of these ads are courtesy the Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising site.

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Bing Crosby for Chesterfield, 1944

Bing Crosby for Chesterfield, 1944

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Anne Sheridan for Chesterfield, 1947

Anne Sheridan for Chesterfield, 1947

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Ronald Reagan for Chesterfield, 1948

Ronald Reagan for Chesterfield, 1948

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Barbara Stanwyck for L&M, undated

Barbara Stanwyck for L&M, undated

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Basil Rathbone for Fatima, 1949

Basil Rathbone for Fatima, 1949

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for Philip Morris, 1951

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Ed Sullivan for Chesterfield, 1953

Ed Sullivan for Chesterfield, 1953

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Frank Gifford for Lucky Strike, 1962

Frank Gifford for Lucky Strike, 1962

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Frank Sinatra for Chesterfield, 1957

Frank Sinatra for Chesterfield, 1957

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Hank Aaron for Camel, 1962

Hank Aaron for Camel, 1962

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart for Robert Burns, 1948

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart for Robert Burns, 1948

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Jack Webb for Chesterfield, 1953

Jack Webb for Chesterfield, 1953

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Jesse Owens for White Owl, 1960

Jesse Owens for White Owl, 1960

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Joan Crawford for Chesterfield, 1950

Joan Crawford for Chesterfield, 1950

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Joe DiMaggio for Camel, 1941

Joe DiMaggio for Camel, 1941

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Joe Louis for Chesterfield, 1944

Joe Louis for Chesterfield, 1944

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Laurel and Hardy for Old Gold, 1937

Laurel and Hardy for Old Gold, 1937

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Paul Hornung for Marlboro, 1962

Paul Hornung for Marlboro, 1962

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Sam Snead for Lucky Strike, 1954

Sam Snead for Lucky Strike, 1954

Celebrity Smoking Ad - Spencer Tracy for Lucky Strike, 1938

Spencer Tracy for Lucky Strike, 1938

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