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Fittingly Mad: Camel Ads in GLAMOUR?!

In case there were still a few souls left on the planet who haven't yet heard that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer and other serious health risks, Glamour magazine is reaching out to them with Camel cigarette ads. Yup. I found one in the November issue. WTF?!

I wanted to give Glamour the benefit of the doubt, so I perused through previous issues. I was pissed to find another Camel ad in the September issue and an ad for Pall Mall cigarettes in the July issue! I thought maybe it was a fashion mag thing, because I found them in Nylon too, but I didn't find any in Cosmo or Allure.

I know these mags gets oodles of money for ads, but they should really get their message straight. On one page they're encouraging you to treat depression with exercise, and then a couple of pages later, they're saying to light up a ciggie.

I'm so glad that cigarette ads are banned from TV, and I'm looking forward to the day when they are ditched altogether. At least mags are required to plaster the Surgeon General's warning that says, "Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health." Duh. I wish it would say something more like, "Smoking kills, so don't start."

What do you guys think about cigarette ads? Have you seen many of them? Do they tick you off or do you think people are smart enough to know the dangers of smoking, so the ads don't matter?

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Nickolette3361320 Nickolette3361320 4 years
I was incensed to find a cigarette ad in the November, 2012, issue of Glamour. I don't know how I missed previous ads, but I am NOT renewing my subscription, which I have had for several years.\u00a0A magazine that\u00a0features women's health and beauty has NO business advertising cigarettes.\u00a0\u00a0They have a responsibility to\u00a0monitor what they promote.\u00a0 I am looking for a new magazine to put my money into.\u00a0 Obviously, it is more important to Glamour to make money from cigarette ads than from subscriptions.\u00a0 If other women take a stand, maybe the editor will think again.
sbrowluvscamcams sbrowluvscamcams 8 years
I completely agree with scorpstar77. Everyone has the right to choose wether they smoke or not. No ones forcing you to do, and NO ONE should be forcing you NOT to do it! I understand the dangers of kids smoking and even teenagers to a certain extent, but for this complete idiot to write an article like that is beyond comprehension. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO TELL ME I SHOULDNT SMOKE!!!?? THIS IS AMERICA BABY!!! GET OVER IT, FREEEEEDDOOOMMMMMM!!!!! I smoke camel no. 9's and i couldn't be happier. I'm WELL AWARE of the risks and dangers, and guess what? i dont give a tiny rats ass! so PLEASE just quit the crap and get over yourself. Thanks to all those non smoker comments that believe in the right to choose! PS! SMOKE UP!
glamourco glamourco 9 years
The problem is that money talks for alot, and sometimes over rides common sense. if any of you watch NASCAR racing they have sorta the same probles. They outlawed cigarette sponsorship for cars because of the image, but they allow cars with Alcohol sponsors on them(Bud, Jack Daniels) Drunken driving kills many, but eveidently money has spoken.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i belive ads for cigaretes should exist in every media along with ads that's its hazardious. but i'm really in doubt that it can cause lung cancer in every body, my grandpa has been smoking for 60 years and he's lungs are perfectly clear, the same with my dad she's been smoking for probably 27 years and he's lungs are in perfec shape and he gets his physical every years will x-rays and stuff... so if they're healthy, and people who never smoked die from lung cancer, i'm really starting to doubt it. i smoked for 7 months, but quit - without any difficulties, one day i just didn't buy my pack and that's it, no plasters, no gum... no nothing.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
I'm not a fan of smoking or their ads. I don't necessarily get angry when I see them but they definitely should not be placed in magazines that are targeting teens and young adults.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
That magazine doesnt give a rip about ya, its all about the money really.
peskipiksi peskipiksi 9 years
I saw that same ad and was really surprised. I didn't expect it in a fashion magazine today. Cigarettes haven't been "glam" since the 50-60's. I was really appalled because so many young women read theses mags.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
HAHAHAHA, i'm totally with you, rugelach. i've been an ex-smoker for a little over a week now, and i can't wait to be a condescending a-hole. but seriously, these ads really piss me off. they're so flagrant and obvious, printed on heavy stock paper so you flip open to them immediately. once again, as someone who works in advertising, i can tell you all this: if advertising didn't work, there would be a lot fewer smokers, drinkers, anorexics, overeaters, gamblers, etc. obviously, people with that inclination are going to indulge regardless of advertising, but the glamorous, sexy ads don't do anything to prevent the situation, that's for sure. it's just completely hypocritical, which has become the new standard for women's magazines.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Well said Rugelach. :rotfl: that is such a true statement I don't know what is. "Let he who is without sin casgt the first stone"
Rugelach Rugelach 9 years
I recently quit smoking and was wondering: How long do I have to be a non-smoker before the self-righteousness sets in?
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
It's not even that they're advertising for cigarettes, because until they're banned I think Camel and other companies have the right to do so. What bothers the !@#$%^ outta me is that those Camel No. 9's are TOTALLY marketed to women. They're in such a gorgeous package! I quit over a year ago, but I guarantee you I'd be smoking those because the packaging is just so darned pretty. That's horrible on Camel's part to wrap up something so toxic in a shiny alluring package. If I had my way, cigarettes wouldn't even be made anymore, but you can't swear off a magazine just because they have ads for them. We make our own decisions, and we know that smoking is bad. Some people just do it anyway, ya know?
laurini laurini 9 years
This is one of the reasons why I'm not renewing my sub to Glamour. I know it's all about your own choice and blah blag blah but Glamour is one of those mags that tout they are all for positive body image and health - and then they photoshop a beautiful woman who didn't fit into their ideal of a 90lb celeb and pepper their pages with gross ads targeting smoking for young women. It disguts me, and when I saw this ad I threw my Glamour into the recycling.
bahiachic bahiachic 9 years
It looks like an ad for teen girls that is why it bothers me. Other than that though, grown women shouldn't decide or not decide to smoke because of a silly ad in a magazine. Those women need a brain and deserve the health risks if they decide to start smoking.
indigojules indigojules 9 years
I know lots of high school and college age girls who read Glamour magazine and I think that the cigarette companies know that. I'm not saying that is there only demographic they are targeting, but it is probably the most impressionable. There is a reason the ads are in there, they have to make some impact or the company wouldn't be shilling out the dollars to advertise. They want to portray a certain image, and those ads help them attain that. Glamour is two faced for promoting a healthy lifestlye in their articles and then accepting advertising money from a cigarette company. And again, just because those ads are in Glamour instead of Teen Vogue doesn't mean they aren't influencing teens.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
GLAMOUR magazine personally annoys me because it is all about "Dos and Don'ts." And it just goes to show how hypocritical they are with this cigarette ad.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It doesn't really bother me...I tend to agree with Scorp. If you are a smoker, you probably know the risks and dangers associated with it and you're willing to take that risk. I guess if Camel wants people to buy their cigarettes as opposed to say, Winstons, they're going to advertise. It's just a marketing thing. I think I'd have more of a problem with it if the ads were being specifically targeted to kids (who DON'T always know the risks of smoking).
RachB424 RachB424 9 years
Doesn't really bother me. We do have a free market economy and advertising is everywhere. There are alcohol ads all over as well.If you don't know the dangers of smoking by now, you have to be living under a rock. I think people that smoke are fully aware of the health issues and smoke anyway. Glamour can choose not to put the ads in the mag, but I bet they got a pretty good deal worked out to put the ads in. They were probably more focused on the profit than on what the ad wes promoting.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
They don't bother me. It's the same as seeing alochol ads in my opinion. But I must say, the person who decided to make ppink camel packs is def a marketing genious. One of my friends went to pick up a pack of cigs (she only smokes like 3 individual cigarettes in a month) and she picked those because they are pink.
marie-lee marie-lee 9 years
It is illegal in Australia to advertise cigarettes print or on TV. So I don't see them...I wonder if they still have the cigarette ads in the American mags over here. Might be a good excuse to pick up a copy and check!
allisonblue allisonblue 9 years
This is just one of many reasons why I don't subscribe to magazines like Glamour. The fact that cigarette companies profit from making people sick and killing people makes me sick, and shame on Glamour for taking that money!
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 9 years
i saw that too and was SO irritated! Glamour is all about the healthy body. They are already on my bad side for all that photoshopping they did to America Ferrara on the cover then wrote all about how we should be PROUD of our bodies.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
three cheers for facin8me! Well put.
Laughing4life Laughing4life 9 years
I actually wrote to Glamour awhile back and they responded. They said, similar to what's been mentioned here, that they believe their readers are able to determine whether they want to smoke or not and are education on the dangers of smoking. But still...why even promote such a terrible industry?
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