Monday, October 12, 2015
There's no indication in the ad that this was sponsored by the government, or an anti-smoking group. Is this just an editorial stance by Warren? Then why bury it? Did they have a sudden shortfall in ad sales, and needed to fill the space?
Anyway, it's a pretty true ad--smoking is one of those vices that nickel & dime you to death, without your realizing it. Those figures above are true at 1971 cigarette prices, which were roughly 33¢ per pack, before any state or local taxes. Today, Michigan has one of the highest tobacco tax rates, so a pack per day of even cheap cigarettes here is going to run you over $1800 per year!
So, save money, get a surfboard, get a Frazetta-babe in your arms? Hell, who wouldn't give up smoking? [Note: the surfboard portion of this might have less appeal in, say, Kalamazoo, or Omaha, or Des Moines, or...]
Man, thank heaven I don't have any habits that suck hundreds of dollars out of me in small weekly doses...
[No, that's not my collection. It's far too well-organized.]
From Eerie #31 (1971)