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(New Scientist)   Tobacco companies paid stars to smoke on TV and movies as part of secret advertising deals decades ago. This story brought to you by Lucky Strike cigarettes, with that sweet, soothing flavour   (newscientist.com) divider line 60
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2008-09-26 07:34:33 AM
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/actually don't smoke
 
2008-09-26 08:06:19 AM
"Secret" advertising deals? They're about as secret as the fact that Obama is a seekrit Mooslem.

/I know, it's not news...
 
2008-09-26 08:41:54 AM
In other news, sometimes film advertisers will only print quotes from reviews that are favorable to their movie to show in their advertising! Shocking!
 
2008-09-26 08:42:26 AM
This is news?

DRAGNET was prominently sponsored by (I think) Chesterfields, and
in its original 50's incarnation every episode featured Joe Friday
lovingly lighting up. Its no big secret.

Consider the irony of this in light of the strident anti-drug tone
of its 1960's revival....
 
2008-09-26 08:42:37 AM
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2008-09-26 08:51:17 AM
As the decades pass, there is something remarkably sci-fi evil about the tobacco companies of the 20th century, though. Now that we've passed that era, it's sort of scary and interesting to see a drug so effectively marketed to saturation, huh?

/sips another tasty beer
 
2008-09-26 08:56:19 AM
Now we call it product placement.

Worst I've ever seen was on Alias. A car chase was about to ensue. Instead of "get in the car!" Jennifer Garner yells, "quick! get in the Ford F-150!"
 
2008-09-26 09:00:04 AM
Confabulat: As the decades pass, there is something remarkably sci-fi evil about the tobacco companies of the 20th century, though. Now that we've passed that era, it's sort of scary and interesting to see a drug so effectively marketed to saturation, huh?

/sips another tasty beer


What kind of beer? Is it Code Blue time? Maybe a Bud Lime?
 
2008-09-26 09:01:18 AM
Snapple?
 
2008-09-26 09:02:53 AM
Someone doesn't know what "secret" means.
 
2008-09-26 09:06:43 AM
One thing I never understood was why so many characters in The Sopranos smoked.
 
2008-09-26 09:07:00 AM
Yeah, but what about my T-zone? They've been ignoring it for decades!
 
2008-09-26 09:07:46 AM
emocomputerjock:
/sips another tasty beer

What kind of beer? Is it Code Blue time? Maybe a Bud Lime?

He said "beer"...

/beer snob
 
2008-09-26 09:07:51 AM
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You can't tell me that Ronald Reagan didn't really send cigarettes to all his friends at Christmas.
 
2008-09-26 09:09:52 AM
WhiteElephant 2008-09-26 09:06:43 AM
One thing I never understood was why so many characters in The Sopranos smoked


Really? It never surprised me at all.

Side note:

During the 3rd season, CAO (cigar company) gave the cast quite a few boxes of their maduro cigars. They would smoke them in a lot of the scenes, and CAO could claim "as seen on "The Sopranos"...."

/Talk about slick marketing.
 
2008-09-26 09:14:17 AM
Confabulat [TotalFark] Quote 2008-09-26 08:51:17 AM
As the decades pass, there is something remarkably sci-fi evil about the tobacco companies of the 20th century, though. Now that we've passed that era, it's sort of scary and interesting to see a drug so effectively marketed to saturation, huh?

/sips another tasty beer


Very Python ending. LOL.
 
2008-09-26 09:19:25 AM
I came in for reagan and fred flintstone. I leave satisfied.
 
2008-09-26 09:20:43 AM
L the Losers in her wake
I the Income she will make
T is for her tooth-filled mouth
T is for her tooth-filled mouth...
 
2008-09-26 09:24:54 AM
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"Even I knew this."
 
2008-09-26 09:25:35 AM
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2008-09-26 09:32:54 AM
I'm still waiting on my Sector Sixes.
 
2008-09-26 09:43:12 AM
Subby,.This story brought to you by Lucky Strike cigarettes: with that sweet, soothing flavor. It's Toasted!

FTFY
 
2008-09-26 09:43:55 AM
"They're Toasted"

/anybody?
 
2008-09-26 09:46:08 AM
wow, beat me to it... Freedom-endured
 
2008-09-26 09:53:54 AM
H. W. Plainview: wow, beat me to it... Freedom-endured

They're hard to find, but like the bacon of cigarettes.
 
2008-09-26 10:00:33 AM
The entirety of the wrongness of the old cigarette campaigns can be summed up in eight words:

"More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette."
 
2008-09-26 10:00:56 AM
Fascinating. A "secret" so well-kept that it was a case study in one of my media classes over 20 years ago. Great work ferreting it out, guys!
 
2008-09-26 10:08:11 AM
ReeferChiefer

Came for that was not disapointed
 
2008-09-26 10:10:24 AM
IlGreven: The entirety of the wrongness of the old cigarette campaigns can be summed up in eight words:

"More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette."


Judging by my friends who are MDs this is actually true today.
 
2008-09-26 10:13:05 AM
Earguy: Now we call it product placement.

Worst I've ever seen was on Alias. A car chase was about to ensue. Instead of "get in the car!" Jennifer Garner yells, "quick! get in the Ford F-150!"


It is only going to happen more in the future as well - it is the one income stream safe from piracy and TiVo, etc.
 
2008-09-26 10:14:29 AM
Who doesn't already know this? And alcohol companies pay corporate musicians to plug their stuff, too - you can't get through 3 pop country songs without hearing a handful of paid product placements. There was that thing a couple years ago about McDonald's paying rappers to mention them...
 
2008-09-26 10:20:21 AM
H. W. Plainview: "They're Toasted"

/anybody?



Lucky Strikes
 
2008-09-26 10:24:21 AM
Eureka is the worst for product placement now with Degree pit stick. It's so bad that I seriously think they're going out of their way to be as campy as possible with it, as though they're parodying themselves.
 
2008-09-26 10:44:04 AM
Scutter: Eureka is the worst for product placement now with Degree pit stick. It's so bad that I seriously think they're going out of their way to be as campy as possible with it, as though they're parodying themselves.

THIS
 
2008-09-26 10:45:37 AM
Scutter: Eureka is the worst for product placement now with Degree pit stick. It's so bad that I seriously think they're going out of their way to be as campy as possible with it, as though they're parodying themselves.

Ya. I don't care if someone drinks a Coke or munches on Cheetos. It makes it more real. But the Degree ads have gotten completely out of hand. Especially for a town that's supposed to be a secret.
Burn Notice skimmed the line with that BMW also. wasn't quit as bad, but....
 
2008-09-26 10:53:39 AM
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Available for comment!
 
2008-09-26 11:01:39 AM
ThisSideofSteinway: I'm still waiting on my Sector Sixes.

Thanks, I came for this.
 
2008-09-26 11:02:09 AM
Came for the Sector Six and Nick Naylor references. Good job Farkers.
 
2008-09-26 11:03:30 AM
www.adweek.com
takes over.
 
2008-09-26 11:06:15 AM
Classic Chesterfield commercial

Link (new window)
 
2008-09-26 11:06:36 AM
notmtwain: You can't tell me that Ronald Reagan didn't really send cigarettes to all his friends at Christmas.

Awesome.

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Luckies are less irritating. I'd also love you forever if you send me a carton for Christmas.
 
2008-09-26 11:06:45 AM
The Heineken product placement in "The Spy Who Shagged Me" was farking lame and beyond obvious.
 
2008-09-26 11:26:36 AM
Fish in a Barrel: Came for the Sector Six and Nick Naylor references. Good job Farkers.

Me too
 
2008-09-26 11:59:50 AM
For those that know that L.S.M.F.T and can't find them, try Quik Trip gas stations. One of the only places that regularly carries them, but you can also ask places to order them for you.

www.packagingeurope.com Wants these in the states


Smoking Is Healthier Than Fascism
(pops)
 
2008-09-26 12:03:16 PM
Colbert did it better, Subby. Last night.
 
2008-09-26 12:05:55 PM
Came in for the Thank You For Smoking reference, leave satisfied.
 
2008-09-26 12:29:58 PM
It's hard to get good silver foil since Lucky Strike went to war.

/obscure?
 
2008-09-26 12:31:06 PM
The_Sponge: The Heineken product placement in "The Spy Who Shagged Me" was farking lame and beyond obvious.

But the Doritos product placement in Wayne's World was hilarious. Now what?
 
2008-09-26 12:59:49 PM
My dad used to smoke Lucky Strikes
 
2008-09-26 01:16:03 PM
Magnir: My dad used to smoke Lucky Strikes

When did he die?
 
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