NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 05, 1969
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(Studio) Federal Communications Commission proposes rule to stop cigarette advertising on television and radio. Says cigarettes are a serious danger to public health; advertisements on air should be stopped.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Studio) Cigarette and Labelling Ad. Act of 1965 prohibits government agencies from regulation of advertising. Federal Communications Commission ban could go into effect only if law allowed to expire by Congress Federal Communications Commission Chairman Rosel Hyde backed by Senator Frank Moss. [HYDE - wants to let Congress know, so can act on expiration of Act of 1965. Hope networks will find voluntary action appropriate.] [MOSS -advertisement shows glamour of smoking; makes cigarettes seem beneficial.] Congressmen from tobacco states and lobbyists will protest. Congress may shut out Federal Communications Commission proposal by extending current law.
REPORTER: John Chancellor