Fifty years ago today, in 1964, the US Surgeon General released one of the most progressive documents on smoking of its time, stating definitively that, yes, smoking tobacco can indeed be fatal. And with it, the Untied States' cigarette culture began its (often frustratingly, grudgingly slow) overhaul from one of hipness and health to shame and decrepitude.
And while we're still not fully recovered from the veritable free-for-all that was the pre-Surgeon General report advertising landscape, we have undoubtedly made some significant leaps. Just a cursory glance at the print ads from that era would be all you need to know without a doubt there would be no way in hell any of these (often beautifully designed!) ads would make it past today's decidedly scarier tobacco-ad standards.