Cigarette Karaoke

Plus, millions of free cigarettes for our hospitalized fighting men!
     Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 26, 2013
     Category: Addictions | Business | Advertising | Hospitals | Television | Smoking and Tobacco | 1950s

Sing alongs of this type were shown as filler in movie theaters long Before karaoke was ever though up.
Posted by F.U.D. on 12/26/13 at 02:34 PM
One can find all kinds of celebrity endorsements of smoking products through the years. I remember Babe Ruth's face on a Chesterfield advert - "Not a cough in a carload!"
Posted by KDP on 12/26/13 at 02:50 PM
My uncle Jim was wounded in the Battle of the Coral Sea and evacuated to a hospital in Australia. He complained that the Aussie doctors kept stealing his American cigarettes.
Posted by tadchem on 12/26/13 at 02:56 PM
WHAT!? No smokes for the widows and orphans? What's this world coming to? :long:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 12/26/13 at 04:30 PM
Even the Flintstones cartoon did cigarette ads. I think it's posted on WU somewhere but if not:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 12/26/13 at 05:31 PM
Camel non-filters, mmmmm! Of course, they just called 'em Camels back then.
Posted by Laz on 12/26/13 at 06:13 PM
My Dad smoked these most of his life, and he died of lung cancer at 82 in 2003.
He went into the crematorium with a pack of Camels in his shirt pocket.
Every time some one tells me that they want to quit or that they know they should, I give them the detailed, grotesque version of how he died.
I've never smoked, and I never will. And the tobacco companies deserve all the fines and lawsuits they've had, and more.
Posted by Cindy on 12/26/13 at 07:31 PM
Brokedad, the Flintstones was originally billed as a cartoon for adults. It's a blatant ripoff of The Honeymooners. I remember that when it came out, all of the kids in my first grade class watched it.
Posted by ges on 12/26/13 at 09:16 PM
This was pretty normal for the times and sing-alongs were de rigueur in the flickers.

@Cindy: My Great-Grandmother professed that "smoking will stunt your growth" and "it's a filthy habit" so I've got to believe that anyone who smoked (or smokes) pretty well knew that it wasn't the healthiest of pursuits and undertook the risk with open eyes. As far as the gubment chasing down tobacco companies for big payouts, well, that was just a thinly veiled ploy to rip them off. Tobacco farmers are still getting their gubment dole and the taxes on cigarettes is sky high for no logical reason other than to fill the coffers. So, let's put smoking in it's proper place as an unhealthy act chosen by adults. Sort'a like booze, driving, sky diving, walking across the street, etc.

BTW, I don't smoke any more but, when I did, I knew what was going on and I know why I quit and it didn't have anything to do with money!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/27/13 at 01:02 AM
The late Buck Owens had a persuasive ditty against "cigareets" back in the 50's:
Posted by tadchem on 12/27/13 at 05:36 AM
I've not smoked for about 6 years now, I don't remember the last time I had any whiskey, so I guess I've hit the trifecta!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/27/13 at 05:41 AM
Cigerettes, whiskey and wild,wild women killed my uncle.

He was 110.

Actually, it was a jealous husband. 😉
Posted by Bmn on 12/27/13 at 09:06 AM
My father smoked filterless camels. He got started smoking with his military rations during WWII. He died a few months shy of his 78th birthday. When my nonsmoking mother died almost 2 months later, she had developed complications from emphesemia due to my father's smoking around her for the almost 30 years they were married.
Posted by Blissfully Lost on 12/27/13 at 02:42 PM
"walk a mile for a camel"
"rather fight than switch"
I remember the TV ads for cigarettes too. Peer pressure starts more kids smoking (and drinking and taking drugs as well" than anything else.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/27/13 at 07:10 PM
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