In the United States, big tobacco companies are not just being allowed to advertise on TV again – they’re being forced to.
The companies must launch newspaper and television ads that admit the truth about smoking – specifically, that it’s harmful, addictive and kills.
Throughout the 20th century, tobacco companies regularly claimed that smoking had health benefits and was not addictive. Those lies are now being addressed.
For the next year, Big Tobacco will pay for ads appear in newspapers and on television. They will display a single statement about the dangers of tobacco, such as “Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day”, or “Smoking is highly addictive. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco”.
The ad campaign will cost the tobacco industry about $US30 million.