Today is the Great American Smokeout. Remember When the Flinstones Sold Cigarettes? [VIDEO]
Today is The Great American Smokeout, and it brings to mind a different era when cigarettes were advertised everywhere. Cartoons, though they generally target children, were one place that you might see such an ad. The Flinstones had different ads depicting the adult characters puffing on Winstons, and in today’s society that would create a firestorm of complaints.
The ads also depict a chauvinistic attitude on the part of Fred and Barney. In one ad they watch Wilma and Betty working their tails off by mowing the lawn and doing laundry, while they walk away so they don’t have to watch them working so hard. Instead of lending a hand, they have a smoke break.
What do you think of these ads? Would parents be in an uproar over them today? Do you think young kids wanted to smoke after seeing the Flinstones characters lighting up?