Weirdly Interesting Big Tobacco's New Ad Is A Huge Step In The Right Direction  

Rebecca High

Tobacco companies have been ordered by federal courts to inform the public about the dangers of smoking, reversing a decades-long attitude toward the risks associated with the nicotine industry. This video shows a sample of an old-time menthol commercial that relentlessly glorified smoking.

In times past, commercials and advertisements from cigarette companies always showed happy, healthy people indulging in smoking, portraying it as a glamorous habit, not the dangerous public health issue it really represents. It wasn't until 2012 that federal regulations required graphic warnings of corpses and diseased lungs to appear on on cigarette packs to discourage smoking.

Now, new ads are federally required to state the harmful side effects that come with smoking. Tobacco companies that have been ordered to post these include giants like Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Phillip Morris USA.

Watch and share this video if you think quitting is for winners.