Tobacco ad of the day – Marlene Dietrich

Kelly Clarkson did the right thing, eventually, and dropped her tobacco sponsorship in Indonesia. But some of her peers in the music industry couldn’t care less if their talents are used to sell cigarettes to children. So in honour of James Blunt, Jamiroquai, Incubus and Anggun – some of the music stars who have accepted tobacco sponsorship in Indonesia – I initiate the first “Tobacco Ad of the Day” courtesy of the Stanford School of Medicine.

No one made smoking look cooler than Merlene Dietrich. It’s funny how it wasn’t her glamour or beauty that Lucky Strike wanted (although she had that in spades), it was her intelligence and sophistication. That’s what lends credence to the pseudo-science in the slogan.

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