2004 No Wine Shop

2003 Philadelphia Alcohol Billboard Ban

Stop Liquor Ads on NBC

2002 Community Partners

Swisher Ain't Sweet

Marlboro Mild

1998 African Amer. & Tobacco Settlement

1998 African Amer. Tobacco Ind. Lawsuit

1997 Say No to Menthol Joe

1996 Hands off Halloween

1995 X Cigarette

1994 World No Tobacco Day Activities

1993 Defeat of PowerMaster Malt Liquor

1990 Uptown Coalition



In December 2001, NBC was to become the first broadcast network to air hard liquor commercials. They had entered into a multi-million dollar contract with Guiness UDV to run four months of public service announcements about drinking before advertising a product on NBC. Guiness makes Bailey's Irish Cream, Smirnoff vodka, Johnny Walker scotch, Jose Cuervo tequila, Captain Morgan rum, Crown Royal Canadian whisky and Tanqueray gin.

In response to this action, NAAAPI mobilized organizations around the country to form a national campaign. The campaign, called "Stop Liquor Ads on NBC" includes, but is not limited to: Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Pennsylvania Mothers Against Drunk Driving (PA-MADD), Blacks Against Drunk Driving (BADD), National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council (NBAAC), American Medical Association (AMA), American Public Health Association (APHA), Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation (PIRE), Pennsylvanians Against Underage Drinking (PAUD), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), Partnership for a Drug-Free Detroit (PDFD), and Community Recovery Services (Berkley, CA).

Community groups and organizations met with and/or held rallies at local NBC affiliates around the country to express their concern about the ads. Members of congress, including Representatives Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) sent a letter to NBC executives criticizing the network's actions. On March 21, NBC announced that they would not air the hard liquor ads as planned.

The campaign continues to work on this issue. For the latest on what's happening, contact NAAAPI at info@naaapi.org or call 215-235-6488. The NAAAPI website has more detail on the history of the advertising of hard liquor ads on television.

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National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery
1231 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122 P: 215-235-6488 F: 215-235-6491 E: info@naaapi.org