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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tobacco Ads Banned

NEW YORK -- Joining a small group of newspapers, The New York Times will ban cigarette advertising in its pages, effective Saturday.

The newspaper decided to impose the ban because of concerns about the harmful effects of cigarette smoking, said Nancy Nielsen, a spokeswoman for The New York Times Co.

"Deciding on the acceptance of advertising often means we have to weigh the pros and cons of competing and sometimes conflicting values," Nielsen said, adding that "we don't want to expose our readers to advertising that may be dangerous to their health."