When was the last TV commercial for cigarettes aired?

Answer

The last cigarette commercial shown on TV in the United States was at 11:59 p.m., January 1, 1971, on the Johnny Carson Show. The ad was for Virginia Slims cigarettes.

Many of television's early programs were sponsored by cigarette companies, and many of the stars of these shows smoked on camera and endorsed the sponsor's product in commercials.

In April 1970, the United States Congress passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, which banned cigarette advertising on television and radio. In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission put in place a requirement that television stations air anti-smoking advertisements to counterbalance the smoking ads.

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