It wasn't until the 60's that America began considering the potential health hazards of tobacco use. This knowledge also produced a burgeoning fear of the influence of cigarete advertising. In the previous years, ads for Camel or Lucky Strike cigaretes were just as common as Nike ads. Tobacco advertising was even featured in several commercials, as seen in this clip. In 1964, however, the dangers of smoking became more and more prevalent following several cancer studies. Unbeknownst to millions of Americans, this newfound awarenes would produce the onset of tobacco regulation in this country.
All timeline dates and information are courtesy of University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology (http://www.epi.umn.edu/epi_pages/research/tobacco.html) and Action on Smoking and Health (http://no-smoking.org/july00/07-15-00-4.html). Author note: Most text has been slightly reworded.