Witness the sorrow of teens realizing that old cigarette commercials were kinda outright lies.

Kids these days, just cracking open the deceptions of commercials. TYPICAL TEENS!

Witness the sorrow of teens realizing that old cigarette commercials were kinda outright lies.

Watching old-timey commercials might've given these kids trust issues.

The Fine Brothers showed a buncha teens old-timey cigarette commercials. All the teens were understandably like, whoa.

All clips via The Fine Bros.

Many were just plain dumbfounded by how many truths were NOT in the commercials.

One teen in particular seemed to be having a particularly strong aha moment after seeing Lucy from "I Love Lucy" hawking cigarettes.

AHA! Trust broken.

And when she learned that the government had to ban cigarettes from falsely advertising altogether...

AHA 2.0.

Studies linking cigarettes to cancer first came out around 1950, long before all these commercials were made. Television advertising bans weren't put in place until 1965.

That made this young sage wonder something very relevant.

The teens even started making really specific comparisons.

With e-cigarettes and vaping on the upswing, of course they would have questions after watching these commercials. But the cigarette versus e-cigarette thing isn't really the point.

The game-changing insight here is ... drumroll please ... advertising isn't always looking after our best interests!

I'm sharing this in the hopes that the teens (and grown-ups) I love see this and ask similar questions of the messages they're getting. A few trust issues might save lives!


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