Skip to comments.Mad Men boost for Lucky Strike cigarettes angers campaigners
Posted on 09/22/2013 12:27:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
American TV drama series Mad Men has triggered a dramatic boom in the sales of Lucky Strike cigarettes, causing outrage among anti-smoking campaigners.
Sales of the world-famous cigarettes, owned by British American Tobacco, reached 33 billion packs last year compared to 23 billion in 2007 when the show first aired.
Mad Men features New York ad agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the 1960s and their turbulent relationship with iconic cigs brand Lucky Strike.
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They’re a few seasons behind, don’cha think?
Well, Bully for Lucky Strike. I remember the small 4 packs in the boxes of C-rations when I was in the Army.
I never smoked them, but they were good for trading to the smokers for their cans of fruit cocktail.
When I was a kid, my mama only let me smoke Lucky Strike.
Anything that drives the anti-smoking nazis insane I love. Entertainment value dontch’a know.
But think of all the extra tax money they’re getting.
Luckily, I went cold turkey and gave them up long ago; and then buried five in my close smoking family ... all of them at age seventy.
Both parental units were WW II vets and smoked.
We had a book around the house full of B&W photos on how Luckies were made.I guess Luckies kept the smoking Army/Army Airforce going.
I liked that book and another hard back full of Bill Mauldin cartoons.
My father used to send me to the gas station machine for him, to get a pack.Back then if there was no filter they weren’t a quarter they were 22 or 23 cents and the change was inside the wrapper. I got to keep the pennies for my trip and loved it.Pick up a few soda bottles on the way down and back and I was rich.
Both folks died from smoking
MM’s viewership is around 3-4 million, IIRC.
They may take credit for some of the increase in purchases, but I doubt they have any significant influence.
I have noticed more young people are smoking. Surprising, since we were fed the BS that the great tobacco settlement of the mid 1990’s would end smoking. [/s]
Also, MM tends toward an older demographic.
These random correlations make me crazy.
When I began “The Habit”... oh about 20 years ago, I started out buying Luckies... and it has been my brand since. Friends looking for a treat will come to me to bum one... which is OK because they appreciate it. Whereas the everyday slob on the street asking for a smoke will refuse an unfilter3d smoke.
L.S./M.F.T. (see tagline... Bwahahah!)
I started on Luckies, later switched to Camels. All unfiltered straights of course. Quit eight years ago, can’t say I miss ‘em.
Yeah, they didn’t get to the part where the son of the Lucky Strikes president is a fag.
Wow, I did they same thing.The fruit cocktail was fabulous.Do you remember the john wayne bars?
Yup agree, if it drives the anti smoking groups nuts, it makes me happy!
Luckies were in a green pack before the war and because of the war effort the green die was needed for everything else so they started using red die and never went back following the conclusion of the global ass whooping contest against the axis powers.
Your tagline cracks me up.I bet that goes way back too.
” i smoked Lucky’s for years and only switched to Pall Mall when taxes went up cause for the same price i got almost another half a smoke...”
I smoked Pall Malls for 60 years before I quit.
They have the same tobacco as lucky strike and the same ammount but packed thinner.
I took them apart and measured and weighed them, they are the same,
Yes I do. Wish I still had an unopened can as a keepsake. The toffee in them though sometimes stuck in my teeth and seemed to take forever to get out.
OMG thats from the way back machine....its been decades since I have thought of that...
When do they get to the part when somebody in the advertising agency loses his tongue from cancer?
One of the main characters had a couple of heart attacks.
I started on Luckies, later switched to Camels. All unfiltered straights of course.
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My ‘first’ smokes were Fatimas.....Guess us young Catholic School boys figured something named in ‘honor’ of “Our Lady of Fatima” couldn’t be all that ‘bad’.
Then to Luckies (the “BullsEye” was ‘cool’ to sport through your white T shirt sleeve).
Went to Camels and smoked them for 30 some years quitting ‘cold turkey’ in 1990 at 4 packs Camel Regular per day.
Also quit case + a day Budweiser (and all alcohol) at the same time, also ‘cold turkey’.
I was a real pleasure to be around for the first month or so, still a ‘no good SOB’, just a little worse..<: <:
You’ll have to ask someone who actually watches that show.
I started off in the mid 50s swiping Chesterfields from my dad’s packs. In high school we experimented with practically every brand. Who remembers “Hit Parades,” “Spuds” or “Old Golds.” When I got to the Philippines in 1961, Chesterfields were the Filipinos’ favorites. We smuggled a lot of them off base to finance our San Miguel’s.
I didn’t know that Lucky Strikes came available with filter.
Dad used to smoke KOOL cigarettes. I remember when there was a small cartoon strip on the back with the penguin.
He gave us one to smoke when I was about 4 or 5.
I saw some 1960s movie (THE VICTORS) in which some girl pulls a pack of cigarettes out of her purse. They were LUCKY STRIKES.
I didn’t either!
I don’t know how people smoke unfiltered cigs. My grandpa smoked Camels and was always spitting out bits of tobacco.
I guess it was considered “unmanly” to smoke filtered cigs until the 1960s.
My grandpa smoked Camels and was always spitting out bits of tobacco.
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The ‘trick’ is/was to pack them before opening the pack. Also, before lighting them rap them on the lighter - a lot easier with a Zippo than with matches or those round(ish) bics.
I personally ‘justified’ the non filters as reasoning a filter drew all the ‘bad stuff’ to the filter and increased the chance of lip and tongue cancer?
Also the filters somewhat brought about the end to getting the end of the cigarettes wet.
There was a name for it but I can’t recall it right away.
(YES, I can, I got in trouble here a while back for inferring to or insinuating a phrase or so....<: <: <:)
I read years ago that the word “lucky” could not be mentioned on the I Love Lucy show because their sponsor was a different cigarette company and they didn’t want people to think of Lucky Strikes. No idea if it’s true or not, but whenever I watch Lucy I find myself listening for the word “lucky,” and I haven’t heard it so far.