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MartinH

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PostSubject: Tobacco advertising   Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:45 pm

Does anyone know if there is a federal law prohibiting tobacco advertising on the web? I tried to take out an ad for my review site, and Google told me I was not allowed to advertise any tobacco, or tobacco related products.

Now I'm wondering if I'm even allowed to post any advertisements on my site. I'm curious if the people here on the board have any understand of this.

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Martin
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Rad Davis

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PostSubject: Re: Tobacco advertising   Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:42 pm

That makes no sense. Look at all the pipe and tobacco web sites.

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MartinH

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PostSubject: Re: Tobacco advertising   Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:33 am

Rad,

I have to agree. I really didn't think it made any sense either. But I experimented with Bing and Google searches and if you search for tobacco related products you only get "quit smoking" ads. Okay, that makes sense, I guess given the numerous "quit smoking" movements in the country. I guess it's this that led me to post the question. I did look at the pipe sites, and pretty much thought the same thing, that people there are advertising. I guess my question was really more about why Google and Bing would avoid such a huge revenue stream, and if there was something else behind it. I know that tobacco ads aren't allowed on broadcast TV, so I was curious if this same is true for ubiquitous advertising streams, such as Google's AdSense and AdWords.

I guess it makes sense that targeted, site specific ads are okay, but broadcast ads, such as what Google uses, may be, well, at least frowned upon?

I just find it strange.

Martin

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PostSubject: Re: Tobacco advertising   Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:05 am

Must just be a google thing. Isn't San Fran is full of hippies, i'm pretty sure they like to smoke, though probably not tobacco.
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Rad Davis

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PostSubject: Re: Tobacco advertising   Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:33 am

MartinH wrote:
Rad,

I have to agree. I really didn't think it made any sense either. But I experimented with Bing and Google searches and if you search for tobacco related products you only get "quit smoking" ads. Okay, that makes sense, I guess given the numerous "quit smoking" movements in the country. I guess it's this that led me to post the question. I did look at the pipe sites, and pretty much thought the same thing, that people there are advertising. I guess my question was really more about why Google and Bing would avoid such a huge revenue stream, and if there was something else behind it. I know that tobacco ads aren't allowed on broadcast TV, so I was curious if this same is true for ubiquitous advertising streams, such as Google's AdSense and AdWords.

I guess it makes sense that targeted, site specific ads are okay, but broadcast ads, such as what Google uses, may be, well, at least frowned upon?

I just find it strange.

Martin




Try turning off the "Safe Search" function on Google. I just did a google search for tinned pipe tobacco, and the first page and a half are all the familiar online pipe and tobacco etailers.

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Rad Davis

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PostSubject: Re: Tobacco advertising   Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:35 am

Update: I just did a search with "Safe Search" set on strict, and came up with basically the same thing.

Could it be your ISP taking care of you?

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MartinH

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PostSubject: Re: Tobacco advertising   Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:55 pm

Hey Rad,

I'll have to try the "safe search" thing. I never thought about that. AND I wouldn't be a bit surprised if my ISP were taking care of me, so to speak. But here's the most ridiculous thing of them all. I'm in friggin Charlotte, NC - the state with a huge tobacco lobby! What gives?

BTW: Rad, I've been eyeballing your incredibly gorgeous pipes. Now if I can just convince my wife to let me spend the money. LOL. I feel like I'll have to use the "Ralphy sneak technique" from Christmas Story. Keep leaving hints all over the house and in her magazines, and (in the modern world) her email. LOL

I hope everyone has a great evening!

Martin
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