Did you know that tobacco advertising is currently one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing in the world? In fact, some or all forms of tobacco advertising are banned in many countries. Let’s consider how and why this is…
Cigarettes aren’t completely banned from advertising in the United States, however they are very limited. In April 1970, Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning the advertising of cigarettes on TV and radio starting January 1971. After 1971, most tobacco advertisements are seen in magazines, newspapers and on billboards.
In addition to the PHCSA, several more restrictions took effect under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in the United States. Effective June 22, 2010, the new regulations prohibit tobacco companies from sponsoring sports, music, and other cultural events. Tobacco companies can also no longer display their logos or advertise their products on T-shirts, hats, or other apparel.
I’ve always wondered why I don’t see tobacco advertising as often as alcohol, but now it’s much more clear! I still find it interesting that an industry with such minimal advertising continues to thrive in our day and age. And whether you’re a smoker or not, I think this is good information to know. Let me know what you think about these advertising restrictions down below!