The Flintstones Used To Sell Cigarettes
Often times we reminisce about the 'good old days'. But there are some things about life 50 years ago that would make your jaw-drop today. Riding in the back of station wagons without seatbelts...not locking the doors to our house...playing with lawn darts...riding bikes without helmets...cigarette commercials.
Yep, back in the 1950s and 60s, cigarette television commercials were quite common. (They were banned in 1971). They were even promoted by cartoon characters! Could you imagine the outcry there would be to see major cartoon characters pushing tobacco products to the youth of America today?
That's exactly what happened in the early 60s with the Flintstones. Here's a couple of examples of Fred and the gang promoting their favorite brand of cigarettes 'Winston'. After watching these, it seems that the show truly was from prehistoric times.