Cigarette Advertising

A Brief History of Cigarette Ads

In 1966 a legal petition was sent to the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) demanding Equal Time on the public airways to broadcast anti‐tobacco ads under the Fairness Doctrine.

  • Anti‐smoking ads appeared on television and radio between 1967 and 1970.
  • Between 1967 and 1970, 13 million Americans stopped smoking.
  • The cigarette industry voluntarily removed cigarette ads from television and radio in 1971. With them went the anti-smoking public service announcements.

Print Ads

See a gallery of print ads from the 1930s to the 21st century.

TV Ads

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