Sunday, April 21, 2024

Vaping Cigarette Company Juul is Going Hard with Radio Ads Despite 48 Year Old Cigarette Ad Ban


Cigarette advertising was banned from radio and TV in 1970. Richard Nixon actually signed it into law.

Today, in October 2018–it’s back. Yes, nicotine is still addictive and causes cancer.

But Juul, which offers the small USB- looking device that delivers liquid nicotine as vaping, is going hard advertising its product on radio.

This morning, in one hour, I heard two different Juul ads on an I Heart Radio (formerly Clear Channel) station.

I don’t know about other cities right now, but here in New York City, the Juul ads are everywhere, in every small grocery and bodega, everywhere cigarettes can be purchased. The only difference is that Juul has no age limit. If you can afford it, you can buy it. There’s no cigarette smell, but it’s absolutely the same thing as smoking.

Basically, Juul is spreading cancer to a new generation of teens. I really hope I Heart Radio and other companies refuse their money and take the ads off the air ASAP. Like many things right now, this is a farce.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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