After the 1950s and '60s, the FCC made it harder to advertise on television and radio. Big Tobacco was forced to contend with the Fairness Doctrine that dictated ads with opposing views on the "joys" of smoking had to be aired. On January 2, 1971, advertising cigarettes on television were banned and it wasn't until the late-1990s that print ads started getting replaced with anti-smoking messages. As of now, companies can still advertise in print, alongside a Surgeon's General warning. Despite what your grandparents' doctors and dentists told them back in the 1950s, smoking is, in fact, detrimental to your health.
But after a look back at the 14 most evil cigarette commercials on TV, it was decided that another deep dive into the world of smoking was needed.