ASA Adjudication on Dardam Services Ltd

A print ad for e-cigarettes appeared under an advertising feature about Stoptober (the English national stop smoking campaign). The e-cigarette ad was headed “Switchtober 2013” and featured a calendar page marked with the company’s logo: a match with a cross through it. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the ad violated the country’s advertising code because it implied that the product could be used for smoking cessation when the product had not been licensed by the government for that purpose. In the future, the ASA ordered the company not to imply that its product was suitable for smoking cessation or associated with any stop smoking campaign.