Date: 1950
Brand: Old Gold
Manufacturer: P. Lorillard
Campaign: We Don't Make Medical Claims
Theme: For Your Health
Keywords: Medicine, Cure, Weight
Quote: Let others claim the moon Old Gold delivers worlds of pleasure.


We Don't Make Medical Claims

Towards the end of the era in which false medical claims were endemic (early 1950s) the Old Gold brand had a prolonged campaign with more than 50 variations on this theme - in which they touted: We Don t Try to Scare You with Medical Claims. Ironically, many of these ads in their fine print make outlandish statements that Old Golds were less irritating and thus safer than the competition. Somehow they calculated that the public would not see this obvious hypocrisy.

Note the white box strangely reminiscent of the Surgeon General s warning introduced years later. In what can only be characterized as rank hypocrisy, they claim Old Gold s are less irritating and easier on the throat.

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