Hooked on Oreos

vintage Oreos cookie advertisement, Assasisins of Youth movie poster

Unless you want to lead the youth of America down the dark ugly path of addiction, lock up those Oreos
(R) “Assassin of Youth” was a 1937 propaganda film showing the ill effects of marijuana. The title was “borrowed from an article written by harry Anslinger the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics who succeeded in criminalizing marijuana.
“Assassins of Youth” along with the classic “Reefer Madness” convinced the public that dope turned kids into crazed murderers.

Assassin of Youth….Drugs or Oreos?

A warning to parents: Keep the cookies away from the kids.

Are we turning the youth of America into hard-core addicts?

A new study from researchers at Connecticut College says Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine- to lab rats.

Concerned watchdogs have long kept an eye on substances corrupting the youth of America. Now we learn that the pull of that childhood cookie  is as powerful as a line of cocaine. Now we know why the kid in the  1952 ad says “I wish I had a million Oreos!”

illustration child eating oreos

Clearly, the poor little fellow is in the throes of addiction.
Vintage Oreos advertisement 1950

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  1. We laugh, nervously… Secretly, WE wish we had a million… erm… [spoken under breath] Oreos! And a suitable supply of milk.


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