WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, APRIL 1: CIGARETTE ADS BANNED
Profile America -- Monday, April 1st. Broadcast advertising saw a major change on this date in 1970 -- as President Nixon signed a bill into law prohibiting cigarette advertising on the nation's airwaves. The ban went into effect on January 1st of the next year -- the first major step in the ongoing debate over the public health risk of smoking. Until then, names such as Lucky Strike, Chesterfield and Philip Morris had sponsored some of the most famous shows since the earliest days of broadcasting. In 1970, U.S. tobacco firms made more than 560 billion cigarettes. Today, there remain 102 tobacco-manufacturing firms with annual shipments totaling over $40 billion. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 6892007 Economic Census, NAICS 3122 http://www.census.gov/econ/industry/hierarchy/i312.htmProfile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau