New crop of cigarette advertisements

Gauloises_June2013Cigarette advertisers have finally launched their summer campaigns. Four are now visible on the streets of Munich. Galloises (pictured left), L&M (below right), John Player Special (below left) and Lucky Strike (below right).

The new Galloises campaign is not new at all. It continues to align smoking with the good urban – Parisien – life. Like its predecessor (see post 5 June 2012) there is leisure, urban greenery and attractive young people. Only one of them smokes. The emphasis continues with the ‘natural’ sense of the product and that it is without additives.

L&M_June2013Meanwhile, the L&M brand pursues two distinct approaches. First, and similar to Galloises, the natural line (right). The greenery is there, there are no additives, the packaging is recycled. Surely one should try them? Compelling, don’t you think?

L&M_July13However, that may not be compelling enough. So, in parallel, L&M have the good value approach (left). A big choice and a good price. Presumably these do have additives at no extra cost?

John Player Special continues with the ‘Just Free’ theme. Previously in this campaign, three young people stride forward fromJustFree2 the shackles of ordinary life towards cancer (see post 23 March 2013). The latest edition has a lone young man jumping over these exact same shackles.

20130730_101254And not to be outdone – or maybe an afterthought – women can jump over them, too.

A winning campaign if you ask me.

And finally, Lucky Strike. What is going on here (right)?

luckytrikeLucky_strike2_July13The strapline reads – assuming my translation works again – Almost as good as the original – with the ‘almost as good as’ struck out. Luckily, no doubt.

There are two more in this series – ‘taste the difference’ (left) and ‘taste is everything’ (right). In advertising terms, it is a bit of a mystery how these are Lucky_strike3_July13supposed to achieve customers. Is it something about making the viewer work a little to get the point? Or is it that they are seen to be clever?

Echt! As they say.

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