Date: 1936
Brand: Camel
Manufacturer: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Campaign: For Digestion Sake
Theme: For Your Health
Keywords: Male, Female, Digestion, Nerves, Irritation
Quote: He grabs his meals as he can, but getting the picture comes first! With Camel's help, Al says, my digestion always stands up under strain. I smoke Camels right around the clock- they don't jangle my nerves, irritate my throat, or tire my taste. Enjoy mild, fine-tasting Camels throughout the day. Smoking Camels at mealtimes and afterwards aids digestion with an increased flow of digestive fluids- alkaline digestive fluids. Camels set you right! And they're gentle to the throat.

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For Digestion Sake

From 1936-1937, and then occasionally in 1938 and in 1939, Camel ran the For your digestion s sake, smoke Camels campaign, which insisted that Camels helped speed digestion by increasing alkalinity perhaps the strangest health claim in all of tobacco advertising history. The digestion advertisements employed an array of techniques, ranging from celebrity and athlete testimonial to youth appeal through a claim to modernity. Claims like They never get on your nerves and They are gentle on your throat implied that other cigarettes produced these negative side effects, but that Camels were different. Camel claimed to have based its digestion facts on studies conducted by Dr. A.L. Winsor of the Graduate School of Education at Cornell University. By 1951, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a cease-and-desist order prohibiting R.J. Reynolds from portraying Camels as aiding digestion in any respect (1). In the same FTC report, the FTC ruled that smoking cannot be considered under any circumstances as beneficial to any of the bodily systems. Considering that the digestion advertisements hadn t run for over a decade, the FTC mandate might be seen as too little too late.

1. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. FTC, 192 F.2d 535 7th Cir. 1951






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