Smoke gets in your eyes

Children from the past.

I never smoked, really only because I did not see the fascination of spending an enormous amount of money to see something go up in smoke.

However most of my family were or still are smokers and I do feel sorry for smokers. I do think they get a bad press. Yes, smoking is bad for you but what chance did the smokers have with so many people making it look cool.

If I was a smoker I don’t think I could have resisted the temptation. Here are just some historical pictures of people,mostly famous, who made smoking look cool.

Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’, with a tame Raven shown helping her indulge a bad habit.


Young Drew Barrymore


Models learning proper cigarette smoking technique in practice for TV ad. 1953


Jack Nicholson & Sean Penn


Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, Mogambo, 1953


I mean Steve McQueen on a bike smoking a cigarette, how cool is that. Yes I know it’s bad and can kill you but with images like that what chance does a smoker have.


This is the Marilyn Monroe pic that obviously inspired Lana Del Rey.


Michael Caine and Natalie Wood


Humphrey Bogart Lauren Bacall.


I do not want to trivialize the dangers of smoking because the dangers are real, but too often smokers and particularly smokers of an older generation are being preached to, where they should be educated.

They grew up in an era where smoking was perceived to be cool as per their screen idols, and I do feel sorry for them because often this is the last vice they may have and they are being crucified for it.


When smoking was still ‘good’ for you.


Yes this will be a blog, no this will not be one of those preachy ones.

I am not a smoker in fact I never had a cigarette, so I will not tell people what to do. Although It is a well known fact at this stage smoking is bad for you, but so are many other things, however people are responsible for their own lives.

Below are some tobacco advertisements from days of yore .




Recommended by Doctors


Medicine for asthma, who would have guessed.


Scientifically purer then water


It even helps fight fatigue and irritability.


Not one single throat irritation


It even keeps the army fit and strong.


Dentist even recommend it for throat ease. They would of course, they are dentists.