"The Doctors’ Choice Is America’s Choice”: The Physician in US Cigarette Advertisements, 1930-1953

DSpace/Manakin Repository

"The Doctors’ Choice Is America’s Choice”: The Physician in US Cigarette Advertisements, 1930-1953

Citable link to this page

. . . . . .

Title: "The Doctors’ Choice Is America’s Choice”: The Physician in US Cigarette Advertisements, 1930-1953
Author: Gardner, Martha N.; Brandt, Allan M.

Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.

Citation: Gardner, Martha N. and Allan M. Brandt. 2006. “‘The Doctors’ Choice Is America’s Choice”: The Physician in US Cigarette Advertisements, 1930-1953. American Journal of Public Health 96(2): 222-232.
Full Text & Related Files:
Abstract: In the 1930s and 1940s, smoking became the norm for both men and women in the United States, and a majority of physicians smoked. At the same time, there was rising public anxiety about the health risks of cigarette smoking. One strategic response of tobacco companies was to devise advertising referring directly to physicians. As ad campaigns featuring physicians developed through the early 1950s, tobacco executives used the doctor image to assure the consumer that their respective brands were safe. These advertisements also suggested that the individual physicians' clinical judgment should continue to be the arbiter of the harms of cigarette smoking even as systematic health evidence accumulated. However, by 1954, industry strategists deemed physician images in advertisements no longer credible in the face of growing public concern about the health evidence implicating cigarettes.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2005.066654
Terms of Use: This article is made available under the terms and conditions applicable to Other Posted Material, as set forth at http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:dash.current.terms-of-use#LAA
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3372909

Show full Dublin Core record

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • FAS Scholarly Articles [7374]
    Peer reviewed scholarly articles from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University
 
 

Search DASH


Advanced Search
 
 

Submitters