IIRC, this has been illegal for as long as I can remember. Now that Big Tobacco has won some sort of hideous lawsuit and is required to do community service,Phillip Morris is suddenly allowed to broadcast the company name all over TV during it’s “public service messages.”
Now, I do recall seeing some PSA-type ads sponsored by cigarette companies in magazines a coupla years back, and I recall that, even though they didn’t show the product and basically covered the same content as in the current broadcast PSA’s, they did display the standard Surgeon General’s “You’re gonna DIE, dumbass” warnings, required in all cig. ads and packaging.
Now really, these current ads aren’t PSA’s at all. The some of the content is “Wife-beating/ underage smoking is bad. We at Phillip Morris are really cool and devote money to prevention. Phillip Morris is your best friend and a real asset to society.”
If tobacco ads on TV are illegal, why on earth is a tobacco company being permitted to toot its own horn on broadcast tv like this?
“There is nothing you ought to do, for the simple reason that you know nothing, nothing whatever- make a mental note of that, if you please.”