America banned all advertisements of cigarettes on TV and radio.
On April 1, 1970, President Richard Nixon, acting at the increasing insistence of public health advocates, signed legislation banning cigarette ads on television and radio. (Nixon, an avid pipe smoker, indulged in as many as eight bowls a day.) Tobacco companies were the single largest product advertisers on television in 1969. They continue to advertise to this day on print media, billboards and through other legal means. (The last televised cigarette ad ran on Jan. 1, 1971 at 11:50 p.m. during NBC’s “Johnny Carson Show.”)
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