Ronald Reagan urging his fans to send cartons of Chesterfield cigarettes to their friends. Reagan was hardly the only movie star who did this. Most of the famous stars of that era pitched cigarettes.


PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 8, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), left, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), right, are underway in formation with 16 other ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Keen Sword 2019. Keen Sword 2019 is a joint, bilateral field-training exercise involving U.S. military and JMSDF personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the Japan-U.S. alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters/Released)

There are a lot of veterans of World War Two who have passed on who would have passed out seeing a Japanese destroyer up close to a US aircraft carrier. Times change.


Hawking cigarettes didn’t hurt Reagan’s career. He became President of the United States of America and received one of the highest honors the nation can give: an aircraft carrier was named for him.

Having a mild cigarette was important if you smoked a lot, I think



PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 16, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), center, break formation following in the Philippine Sea. Stennis and Reagan are underway and conducting operations in international waters as part of a dual carrier strike force exercise. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional security, stability and prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan D. McLearnon/Released)