Mar 9, 2010

TV Tuesday: John Wayne, Cigarettes, and Cancer

So many classic Hollywood stars shilled for cigarettes, and then later found themselves dying from using the very producted they promoted. This pair of John Wayne spots is a poignant example of the way perceptions changed. Here he promotes a cigarette brand in 1952:


And here he is in the seventies, having already had a lung removed due to cancer, promoting the American Cancer Society in a series of short spots:


It's sad, but it was a fine gesture for Wayne to make those PSAs.

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