Re: Jack Benny and Smoking

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Posted ByBobR on September 29, 2002 at 10:43:28:

In Reply to: Jack Benny and Smoking posted byScott on September 27, 2002 at 20:54:51:

: Hi! Here is a question that might never be answered. As Jack Benny got older (yes, past 39), and probably realized the dangers of cigarette smoking, did he ever have any regrets he had Lucky Strike as a sponsor because perhaps several people were influenced to buy the product. Now, during the era the shows were aired, I doubt many people knew the dangers of cigarette smoking as we do now. Mr. Benny lived long enough to know about the Surgeon General's reports. Being a non-smoker, it is almost amusing for me to hear the Lucky Strike ads on Mr. Benny's shows because they tout how smoking a Lucky will make you "less tense" and "relax" you. Yeah, right! Thanks for your insight! -- Scott

I believe that Jack was quoted that he regrets his advertising association of cigarettes.He was not a smoker but he did on rare occasion puff a cigar for the heck of it.

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