For the first half of the 20th century, tobacco advertising was pretty much unregulated. Companies used cigarette spokespeople that are laughable to modern audiences such as doctors, babies and even good ole Santa Claus? “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” just doesnt seem right when Santa is said to have a “stump of pipe he held tight in his teeth/And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.”

Can you imagine seeing these ads today?

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