Mr. Eric Lawson, who played a (one of several) Marlboro Man, on TV and Print Ads, during the late 70s and early 80s, died recently of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary obstruction. This respiratory disease has been linked, by the U. S. Surgeon General, to smoking. In later years, Mr. Lawson appeared in anti-smoking public service messages sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Just think of all the advertising campaigns that are sponsored by industries that profit by the sale of: Petroleum and Gas Products; the Coal Industry; Toxic Chemicals; Guns and Ammunition (through the NRA); Financial Services; suspect Prescription Drugs; Junk Food and Drinks; etc. There is really big money that is invested in advertising and, unfortunately, the slick ads tout the so-called benefits; but, fail to address the potential harm. What ever happened to Corporations Social Responsibility?