Cigarette Advertising on Television Banned 42 Years Ago


A major change in broadcast advertising occurred this month 42 years ago—as President Nixon signed a bill into law prohibiting cigarette advertising on the nation's airwaves.  The ban went into effect on January 1, 1971 and was the first major step in the ongoing debate over the public health risk of smoking. 

Until then, names such as Lucky Strike, Chesterfield, and Philip Morris had sponsored some of the most famous shows since the earliest days of broadcasting. 

The percentage of those who smoke has gradually diminished in recent years. Currently, just over one-in-five Americans are smokers. 

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