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When celebrities shilled for cigarettes
These vintage ads remind us how far the social stigma against smoking has come
 

Remember when President Obama was trying to quit smoking? Updates of his progress were doled out to the White House press corps alongside world-moving news of war, the economy, and health care reform.

These days, more and more smokers, especially public figures, are shamed out of the unhealthy habit. But 60 years ago, celebrities were often the face of cigarettes, shilling for their favorite brands like smokes were just another household item. Here are three such vintage ads featuring three very proud, very famous, smokers.

Ronald Reagan in a 1949 Chesterfield cigarette ad. (AP Photo/Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising)




Bob Hope in a 1947 Chesterfield cigarette ad. (CC BY: Christian Montone)



Joe DiMaggio in a 1949 Chesterfield cigarette ad. (AP Photo/Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising)

 
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