I never smoked, luckily a rough Gauloise put me off for life.
He looks like a camel!
In Switzerland a very stupid person was called a Camel.
In 1913, R.J. Reynolds developed an innovation: the packaged cigarette.
Most tobacco users who smoked cigarettes preferred to roll their own. Reynolds worked to develop a flavor he thought would be more appealing than past products, creating the Camel cigarette, so named because it used Turkish paper, in imitation of then-fashionable Egyptian cigarettes. Reynolds undercut competitors on the cost of the cigarettes, and within a year, he had sold 425 million packs of Camels.
I guess, this Advertisement would not be so popular today!
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In late 1987, RJR created "Joe Camel" as the mascot for the brand. In 1991, the American Medical Association published a report stating that 5- and 6-year olds could more easily recognize Joe Camel than Mickey Mouse, Fred Flintstone, Bugs Bunny or even Barbie. This led the association to ask RJR to terminate the Joe Camel campaign. RJR declined, but further appeals followed in 1993 and 1994. On July 10, 1997, the Joe Camel campaign was retired and replaced with a more adult campaign which appealed to the desires of twenty-somethings to meet-or be-beautiful and exotic women in 1930s attire and themes.
On the back of the cigarette pack is another desert scene, featuring this time bazaars and mosques. On European and some other non-U.S. versions, the desert scenes have been replaced by a health warning.
Camels, courtesy wikipedia