Cigarette Ads On TV Banned
In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General released its landmark findings on smoking and health in a report that inexorably linked smoking tobacco and poor health. The conditions identified included various cancers, heart disease, emphysema and other breathing disorders. The report also armed the U.S. government with added fuel as it began to regulate the advertising and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Other nations were already moving to ban certain kinds of cigarette advertising. Great Britain banned all TV cigarette ads in 1965 and, on this date in 1969, Canada prohibited all cigarette ads on radio and television. The United States banned such ads on television in 1971, five years after printed health warnings began to appear on cigarette packages sold in this country.
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