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Cigarette Ads Banned

April 1, 2014

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Profile America — Tuesday, April 1st. Broadcast advertising saw a major change on this date in 1970 as President Nixon signed a bill into law prohibiting cigarette advertising on the nation's airwaves. The ban went into effect on January 1st of the following year — 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. In 1970, U.S. tobacco firms made more than 560 billion cigarettes. Today, there remain 102 tobacco-manufacturing establishments employing over 19,000 people, and with annual shipments totaling over $40 billion. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile application at <www.census.gov/mobile>.

Sources:
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 689
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_31SG1&prodType=table NAICS 3122


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