Tobacco smoking in Pakistan is legal, but under certain circumstances is banned. If calculated on a per-day basis, 177 million cigarettes per day were consumed in FY-14. According to the Pakistan Demographic Health Survey, 46 percent of men and 5.7 percent of women smoke tobacco.

The history of smoking dates back to as early as 5000 BC in the Americas in shamanistic rituals. With the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century, the consumption, cultivation, and trading of tobacco quickly spread.

The history of nicotine marketing stretches back centuries. Nicotine marketing has continually developed new techniques in response to historical circumstances, societal and technological change, and regulation. Counter marketing has also changed, in both message and commonness, over the decades, often in response to pro-nicotine marketing.

The first known nicotine advertisement in the United States was for the snuff and tobacco products and was placed in the New York daily paper in 1789. At the time, American tobacco markets were local. Consumers would generally request tobacco by quality, not a brand name, until after the 1840s. Many European tobacco bans were repealed during the Revolutions of 1848.

Cigarettes were first made in Seville, from cigar scraps. British soldiers took up the habit during the Crimean War (1853–1856). The American Civil War in the early 1860s also led to increased demand for tobacco from American soldiers, and in non-tobacco-growing regions. 

Public health measures against chewing tobacco (spitting, especially other than in a spittoon, spread diseases such as flu and tuberculosis) increased cigarette consumption. 

After the development of color lithography in the late 1870s, collectible picture series was printed onto cigarette cards, previously only used to stiffen the packaging. 

In 1913, a cigarette brand was advertised nationally for the first time in the US. RJ Reynolds advertised it as milder than competing cigarettes. 

From the 1920s to the 1960s. Successful cigarette advertising sold the smoker on a brand and identity. With so many brands and little variation in the product, tobacco companies worked to convince smokers to stay loyal to their cigarettes and lure other smokers away from competitors. Advertising focused on relationships and identity; the brand someone smoked represented the type of person he or she wanted to become. Many cigarette advertisements celebrated happy relationships and fun, carefree life. Ashtrays, matches, lighters, and other products related to smoking were part of the lifestyle, a display of taste, sophistication, and other qualities.

When cigarettes were initially advertised for women in the first decades of the twentieth century, the advertisements related smoking to changes in social custom such as shorter and more revealing dresses, dancing, and dating. By the mid-1920s, cigarette smoking among women had taken hold. Women in cigarette advertisements are always young and attractive. Often they exude sexuality as well. Even in advertisements for Virginia Slims, a brand created for women in 1968 that took advantage of the emerging women’s movement to promote its product, women remained feminine and fashionable and not a threat to gender roles.

When did cigarettes stop being advertised?

1971. A ban on cigarette advertisements on TV and radio (specifically those stations broadcasting on FCC-regulated airwaves) went into effect in 1971. Since tobacco ads were no longer on the airwaves, there was no longer an obligation to air anti-tobacco advertising and those ads went off the air, too. Feb 6, 2017.

Advertising and promotion increase overall tobacco consumption and, as one would expect, comprehensive advertising bans significantly reduce tobacco consumption. 3, 4 Marketing can also make it harder for smokers to quit and induce former smokers to relapse and start smoking again.