Modern teens think old cigarette commercials are gross and dishonest. Good call, modern teens.

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John Wayne hawks cigarettes in this ad, years before his six-pack-a-day habit cost him a lung in 1964. Sell it, Duke!

Credit: The Fine Bros. screen shot

Say what you will about today's teens; they are not swayed by old television commercials that portray cigarette smoking as fun and attractive.

If they were, we'd see a bunch of selfies on Instagram showing "cool" teens puffing away while planking or making duck faces or something equally awesome and carefree. Well, many more than we see now, anyway.

Fortunately, the percentage of teens who smoke cigarettes continues to decline. That's the result of a decades-long health campaign and laws to combat tobacco industry propaganda.

The old commercials in TheFineBros video below try really hard to glamorize smoking. Given that even back then the tobacco industry was aware of the health hazards of cigarettes, they also contain an insidious quality to them. (But nothing that can't be taken care of with our special, patented microfilter!) The tobacco pushers even go so far as to recruit celebrities such as John Wayne, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, and (no joke) Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Check out the video below and be glad that these kids are too smart for this nonsense.

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