People can’t believe McDonald’s used to have branded ashtrays for smoking inside


McDonald’s is a staple of the American way of life, with fond childhood memories of Golden Arches, Happy Meals, and Ronald McDonald.

While some things haven’t changed, including the burgers featured on the menu, the restaurant’s decor, logo, and ingredients have all undergone changes over the past few years.

But one notable change has been the smoking ban in their restaurants, and with that the end of McDonald’s themed ashtrays.

Only those over a certain age will remember smoking indoors, but a few decades ago almost all public buildings were filled with a cloud of smoke.

The fast food chain was no different and as such had branded ashtrays, both aluminum and glass, in their restaurants.

Now they’re just a relic from another era, just like airplane ashtrays, though they’re harder to pull off.

A snap of one of the amber glass containers, featuring the name and logo on three sides, was shared on Twitter by a woman called Amy.

She posted the snap to her @lolenniu account, saying, “This is what they took from you.”

Since it was tweeted on Sunday, the photo has been liked more than 135,000 times, with people sharing their own smoky McDonald’s memories.

Some have also revealed the ashtrays of their rivals, including those from Burger King and Del Taco.

Commenting on the thread, the spaceship Gary recalled, “A quarter pound, some fries, a shake, and a few cigarettes is probably the best last meal you can order.”

Krabby Koder remarked: “I only remember the pewter ashtrays. What is this luxury here?

Recalling the same ashtray, Flother commented, “I never saw one. When I was a kid in the 80s, they only had the semi-disposable aluminum ones where I lived.”

Auroraline admitted, “Damn it just unlocked a memory I had no idea I had.”

“I’ve never smoked in my life. But for some reason (maybe nostalgia), I love ashtrays like these,” Nerdy J. Shark said.

While VegGameHead added, “It’s still a nice little piece of history. Reminiscent of a certain era, when McD’s felt more like a real restaurant.”

Although Candace Niemeyer asked, “Just to be clear: Are you mourning the loss of cigarettes, dirty ashtrays, and McDonald’s advertising? Food and ciggies are known carcinogens? Maybe we’ve gotten smart and have rejected? Or maybe I misunderstood the message. “

And showing how much things have changed, Vituperativeerb wrote: “I asked a younger cousin what she thought it was and the best guess was ‘nice roller coaster’.

Vintage ashtrays are on sale at various sites, with a silver design selling for up to $ 155.99 plus tax on eBay, and a glass version retailing for $ 175.

It is not known exactly when the ashtrays were abandoned, but the smoking ban went into effect in 1994.

The fast food giant has banned smoking at all sites it 100% owned, which equates to 1,400 locations.

Some 2,200 franchised restaurants were already smoke-free and the rest of the franchises could not be forced to change the rules.

But Ed Rensi, then president and CEO of McDonald’s USA, said the company would “actively encourage” the rest of its branches to follow suit.

The article declared: “McDonald’s is the largest fast food chain in the country, and today’s announcement brings the number of its restaurants that ban smoking to approximately 3,600,” said Rebecca Caruso, a spokesperson. about 40 percent of the 9,100 McDonald’s restaurants. “

News week contacted Amy and McDonald’s for comment.

File photo of a Big Mac. Fast food fans remember the days when McDonald’s had branded ashtrays.
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