Advertising: Ex-Chain-Smoker's Exit

People leave advertising agencies all the time and for all sorts of reasons, ranging from a knife in the back to a boot out the door. Last week one of the ad world's top executives resigned his $150,000-a-year post for what, as he stated it, was a rather different motive. Said Emerson Foote, 57, chairman of McCann-Erickson: "I will not have anything to do with any advertising agency which promotes the sale of cigarettes."

Foote first made a name for himself in the advertising business by working with Albert Lasker and George Washington Hill on American Tobacco's tumultuous Lucky...

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