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The Flintstones Cigarette Commercials. And What Happened Afterwards…😮

No matter your age , you i’ve probably heard or seen the cartoon the Flintstones. The Flintstones was a Hanna-Barbera productions It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, and was the first animated series to hold a prime-time slot on television.

no matter your age you have probably heard abouor seen the 1960s cartoon the Flintstones at one time or another. This Hanna Barbera production originally broadcast September 1960 until April 1966.

During the 60s it was no surprise to see cigarette commercials broadcast on the air. Sometimes your favorite cartoon characters in this case the Flintstones would also promote cigarette brands. You may even remember the cartoon character Joe camel that used to promote the camel cigarette brand.

This form of shameless and immoral brand promotion eventually was discontinued and outlawed.

But as everyone knows Karma does not play favorites. Winston Salem cigarette brand use the four main characters of the Flintstones series to promote their product. And now it may seem coincidental that all of the four main characters died similar deaths. All related to Health conditions pretending to emphysema and lung cancer related issues. Below are a list of these actors and how they died.

1) Allen Reed ( Fred Flinstone ) :Reed, a smoker, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1967. His bladder was removed, which eradicated the cancer,[15] but he later developed emphysema. On June 14, 1977, he died at St. Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles) after having a heart attack, two months before his 70th birthday.[15] His body was donated to medical research.[citation nee

2) Jean Vander Pyl : Wilma

On April 10, 1999, Vander Pyl, the last surviving original cast member of The Flintstones, died of lung cancer at her home in Dana Point, California, at the age of 79.[9] Vander Pyl was interred in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

3) Mel Blanc : Barney Rubble

Blanc began smoking cigarettes when he was 9 years old. He continued his pack-a-day habit until age 77, after he was diagnosed with emphysema.[34]On May 19, 1989, his family checked him into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles when they noticed he had a bad cough while shooting a commercial. He was originally expected to recover,[35] but when his health worsened, doctors discovered he had advanced coronary artery disease. After nearly two months in hospital, Blanc died on July 10, 1989 at Cedars-Sinai of complications from both illnesses.[4] He was 81.[4] He is interred in Hollywood Forever Cemetery section 13, Pinewood section, plot #149 in Hollywood.[36][37] His will specified that his gravestone read "THAT'S ALL FOLKS"—the phrase with which Blanc's character, Porky Pig, concluded Warner Bros. cartoons.

4) Bea Benaderet : Betty Rubble

During a routine checkup in 1963, a spot was discovered on one of Benaderet's lungs.[84] It was no longer visible at the time of her follow-up visit, but by November 1967 it had returned and grown in size.[84] She resisted immediate exploratory surgery as she was filming the fifth season of Petticoat Junction and feared the show would be affected by her absence.[84] On November 26, she underwent the surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, at which time it was discovered the tumor could not be removed.[84] Diagnosed with lung cancer, Benaderet underwent six weeks of laser radiation treatment via a linear particle accelerator at Stanford University Medical Center.[84] A longtime smoker,[16] she cut down her multiple-pack-a-day habit following her initial checkups[84] and quit entirely after her surgery.[85]

Benaderet's treatment was successful and concluded in January 1968. She missed ten episodes of the show as she recuperated, during which her character of Kate Bradley was vaguely described in the storyline as being out of town, as expectations were that Benaderet would eventually recover and be able to resume filming.[86] Rosemary DeCamp (Kate's sister Helen) and Shirley Mitchell (Kate's cousin Mae Jennings) filled in as temporary mother figures during her absence; Mitchell had previously worked with Benaderet on The Jack Benny Program in 1954–55 as Mabel Flapsaddle.[87][88] Benaderet returned for the March 30 fifth-season finale "Kate's Homecoming,"[89] but five months later, after shooting the first three episodes of the sixth season, she took leave from the series due to being too ill to continue.[85] Initial plans were for her to record her voice to be inserted into future episodes.[90] However, her condition dramatically declined; on September 26, chest pains related to her illness forced her to return to the hospital for the final time.[91] The fourth show of the sixth season, "The Valley Has a Baby," marked Benaderet's last episode and featured only her voice with her stand-in filmed from the rear.[71]

Benaderet died on October 13, 1968, of lung cancer and pneumonia.[92] She was entombed in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood.[2] On October 17, four days after her death and the day after her funeral, her husband Eugene Twombly died at the age of 54 from a massive heart attack[93] and was interred beside her.


As you can see they all suffered from complications commonly caused by prolonged cigarette smoking.

At some point the promotion of cigarettes became extremely limited. In the past you would find cartoon characters , High Profile actors , sports athletes and more in tv commercials promoting brands .

This was also accompanied with candy cigars and cigarettes for children.

Gladly things have changed drastically as more awareness has been placed on the dangers of smoking .

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