Tobacco Companies Launch Campaign About Negative Effects of Smoking

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FILE – This Friday, April 7, 2017, file photo, shows cigarette butts discarded in an ashtray outside a New York office building. Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies are returning to prime-time television, but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

November 24, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Tobacco companies are set to begin their 52 week ad campaign highlighting the health dangers caused by cigarettes and second hand smoke.

The ad is set to launch on Sunday, and comes after 11 years of appeals and court battles with the Department of Justice.

Tobacco companies were forced to run the ads following a court order citing the health risks and economic burdens caused by the industry.

The television ads are required to run five times per week during prime time sports, marking the first time tobacco companies have advertised on television since they were banned in 1971.

Meanwhile, the decision has received backlash from Libertarians and free speech advocates who say the decision is the government’s way of coercing free speech.

In addition to the televised spots, the commercials are expected to appear on the internet and full page ads in more than 50 newspapers.