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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