40 Powerful Ads That Will Make You Stop And Think Hard

Adverts don’t all have to be bad. In fact, when it comes to raising awareness about important social issues, they can be very powerful indeed.

#1. Torture Victims Are People Just Like You And Me

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Advertising Agency: Advico Y&R, Zurich, Switzerland

#2. Stop The Violence: Don’t Drink And Drive

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Advertising Agency: Terremoto Propaganda, Curitiba, Brazil

#3. Premature Ending: “If you smoke, statistically your story will end 15% before it should.”

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“THE END. If you smoke, statistically your story will end 15% before it should. For help with quiting call QUITTLINE on 0200 00 22 00″ (Advertising Agency: Iris, London, UK)

#4. World Wide Fund For Nature: Frightening vs. More Frightening

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Advertising Agency: DDB&CO., Istanbul, Turkey

#5. Your Skin Color Shouldn’t Dictate Your Future

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Advertising Agency: Publicis Conseil, Paris, France

#6. Deforestation Continues With The Turn Of A Page

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Advertising Agency: LINKSUS, Beijing, China

#7. Unhate

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Advertising Agency: Fabrica, Italy

#8. Elm Grove Police Department: Slower Is Better

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Advertising Agency: Cramer-Krasselt, Milwaukee, USA

#9. Save Paper – Save The Planet

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Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen, Denmark

#10. Air Pollution Kills 60.000 People A Year

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Advertising Agency: unknown

#11. Liking Isn’t Helping. Be A Volunteer. Change A Life

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Advertising Agency: Publicis, Singapore

#12. Bird Conservation: If You Don’t Pick It Up They Will

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Advertising Agency: TBWAHuntLascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

#13. What We See When You Smoke

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Advertising Agency: JWT, Atlanta, USA

#14. Animal Anti-Cruelty League: That’s Not A Football

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Advertising Agency: Lowe Bull, Cape Town, South Africa

#15. Bangalore Traffic Police: Don’t Talk While Driving

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Advertising Agency: Mudra Group, India

#16. Child Soldiers: It’s Not Happening Here, But It’s Happening Now

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Creative/Art director Pius Walker, Amnesty International, Switzerland.

#17. Censorship Tells The Wrong Story

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Advertising Agency: Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, UAE

#18. Distracted Driving: Think Of Both Sides

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Advertising Agency: Red Pepper, Ekaterinburg, Russia

#19. Every 60 Seconds a Species Dies Out. Each Minute Counts

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Advertising Agency: Scholz & Friends, Berlin, Germany

#20. Innocence In Danger: Where’s The Pedophile?

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Art Director: Michael Arguello, Copywriter: Bassam Tariq, Additional credits: Jason Musante

#21. Sexual Predators Can Hide In Your Child’s Smartphone

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Advertising Agency: Herezie, Paris, France

#22. Smoking Causes Premature Aging

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Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG Australia

#23. You’re Not A Sketch. Say No To Anorexia

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Advertising Agency: Revolution Brasil

#24. Neglected Children Are Made To Feel Invisible. Stop Child Abuse Now

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“To dramatize the issue of neglect, we placed mannequins dressed as children behind billposters. When the inevitable happened, we revealed a second message.” (Australian Childhood Foundation, JWT Melbourne)

#25. Global Action In The Interest of Animals: Plastic Bags Kill

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Advertising Agency: BBDO Malaysia, MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur / Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume, Belgium

#26. What Goes Around Comes Around. Keep The Sea Clean

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Advertising Agency: JWT, Dubai, UAE

#27. Tailgating Isn’t Worth It. Give Trucks Room

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Advertising Agency: Amélie Company, Denver, Colorado, USA

#28. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: When You See A Tuna, Think Panda

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Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore

#29. Sleepiness Is Stronger Than You. Don’t Drive Sleepy

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Advertising Agency: BBDO Bangkok, Thailand

#30. See how easy feeding the hungry can be?

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Advertising Agency: TBWAHuntLascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

#31. Causing Cancer By Yourself

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Advertising Agency: Dentsu, Beijing, China

#32. Deforestation And The Air We Breathe: Before It’s Too Late

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Advertising Agency: TBWAPARIS, France

#33. For The Homeless, Every Day Is A Struggle

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Advertising Agency: Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne, Australia

#34. The Prvention Beer Mug: Please Don’t Lose Control Over Your Drinking

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Advertising Agency: EURORSCG Prague, Czech Republic

#35. One Child Is Holding Something That’s Been Banned In America To Protect Them. Guess Which One?

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Advertising Agency: Grey, Toronto, Canada

#36. Breast Cancer Awareness Bra

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Advertising Agency: Bolero, Fortaleza, Brazil

#37. What Goes Around Comes Around: Stop The Iraq War

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Advertising Agency: Big Ant International, New York, USA

#38. UN Women: Auto-Complete Shows Perceptions Of Women

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Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Dubai, UAE

#39. Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirs

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Advertising Agency: LOWE GGK, Warsaw, Poland

#40. Animal Abuse And Shelters: Same Pet, Different Owner

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Advertising Agency: TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, Philippines

#41. Buckle up. Stay alive

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Advertising Agency: Lg2, Quebec, Canada

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