New York Times bans tobacco advertising
Based on growing concerns about the harmful effects of smoking, the New York Times has decided to ban advertising of tobacco related products in the newspaper.
"We don't want to expose our readers to advertising that may be dangerous to their health," said company spokesperson Nancy Nielsen. The NY Times is the first national newspaper to impose such a ban. Several other local newspapers like the Seattle Times and the Observer of Raleigh, N.C., refuse to publish tobacco ads. The newspaper has banned advertising for cigars, cigarettes and all tobacco products. However, it will continue to advertise tobacco company ads that do not promote smoking, such as industry-sponsored festivals. This decision was criticized largely by Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation as a "pathetic policy."